• Jessica Olson
Explore career opportunities in a diverse array of Career Communities through these informal Q&A sessions with alumni and other professionals. Hear about what they do, how they got there, and what advice they’d offer you to do something similar. This semester we’re leveraging our current virtual world to highlight alumni working away from Central Texas and in careers that are not as common in our local area. This session features Jessica Olson ’14, Senior Climate Lead, Gender Equity & Environment, Sierra Club, Oakland, CA.

Jessica Olson (she/her) graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Feminist Studies as a Paideia Scholar. Throughout her time at Southwestern, Jessica was a student leader with SEAK, serving as Co-Chair her junior year. In this time, SEAK accomplished the installation of Elkay EZ H2O water stations, the creation of the Southwestern Green Fund, and the recommitment to the President’s Climate Commitment, participated in the Forward on Climate March in Washington, D.C., and gave testimony at the Keystone XL Pipeline EIS hearings, among other acts. For her organizing on campus and locally with the Texas Chapter of the Sierra Club, Jessica was awarded the Joseph Barbosa Award in 2013 for outstanding leadership under 30 by the Sierra Club. 

Currently, Jessica is the Senior Climate Lead for the Sierra Club’s Gender Equity and Environment Program where she is driving the program’s work on issues of climate change, working toward justice-centered human movements, and fostering young feminist climate action- domestically and at the international level within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

She lives in Berkeley, California with her partner Matt, dog Izzy, and their four chickens (Rhombus, Lil’ Pete, Peaches, and George Weasley). 

Southwestern University supports learning wherever it takes place. The Center for Career & Professional Development contributes to the Southwestern University Student Life MOSAIC initiative by providing advising, programming and resources to help students develop as a whole person. This event helps you to:

  • Make Meaning of the Academic Experience
  • Shape Your Professional Identity