Executive Vice President &
Chief Operating Officer
Jessica Anderson leads the Chamber’s strategy and vision as the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Jessica oversees the Chamber’s day-to-day operations, directs public policy initiatives and advocacy agenda, and develops and implements long-term goals and strategies to ensure the organization is striving for its vision to make the San Diego region the best place to live and work.
Jessica has extensive experience in public policy and big city government, coalition building and strategic planning. Jessica served the City of San Diego for more than a decade as a senior advisor to two San Diego mayors. In her previous role as Director of Policy for San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, Jessica led negotiations and developed policy solutions for some of the most complex issues facing the City, leading the mayor’s policy agenda on housing and homelessness, infrastructure, economic development, environment and public safety.
Prior to that, Jessica served as Director of Policy for Mayor Kevin Faulconer, managing the Mayor’s policy and community outreach teams as well as council affairs, leading the development of the city’s $5 billion budget and steering the City’s COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts. She has also provided housing policy consulting services with LeSar Development Consultants, and worked for the City of New York under the Bloomberg administration in housing, media and entertainment.
Jessica graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in public policy and planning. Jessica has certificates of completion from the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, the University of San Diego’s Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate Finance and Development, and is a San Diego Leadership Alliance Fellow. She currently serves on the Board of the Downtown San Diego Partnership.