Managing director, TeamKC

Jessica NelsonAs managing director of TeamKC: Life+Talent at the Kansas City Area Development Council, Jessica Nelson drives communication strategies to attract corporate investment, jobs and talented people. Working to highlight the business and livability assets in the KC region, she encourages the world to recognize Kansas City as a hub for creativity and innovation. 

Jessica works with the top 250 companies in the region to showcase Kansas City's lifestyle to talented individuals from around the world. Jessica oversees an exclusive leadership group of global HR and recruiting executives and a network of more than 600 recruiters in the KC community, and acts as publisher of KC Options magazine. 

In the community, Jessica serves on the Executive Committee of the KU Edwards Campus Workforce Advisory Board, Olathe School District Business and Technology Advisory Board, serves as president of the KC Network Board of the KU Alumni Association, and most recently was accepted into the KC Chamber's prestigious Centurions Leadership Program class of 2018.

In 2015, Jessica was recognized as a NextGen Leader by the Kansas City Business Journal, and named one of the Most Influential Women in Business by KC Magazine.

Jessica has a bachelor of science in journalism and minor in business from the University of Kansas. Jessica joined KCADC in 2011 and is a native of Kansas City.