Jessica Sharon has led Pelican’s financial outreach efforts for the past sixteen years. In her role as AVP of Financial Outreach, she orchestrates the implementation of Pelican’s adult and youth financial wellness programs. She leads a team of nine credit counselors offering workshops, one-on-one counseling, youth education programs, and community financial outreach. Their award-winning programs have reached over 60,000 individuals since 2007. Jessica also serves as grant coordinator for Pelican’s CDFI grant programs and leads Pelican’s advocacy efforts in Louisiana as chair of the Louisiana Credit Union League (LCUL) Baton Rouge Chapter Advocacy Committee, and a member of the LCUL CULAC Committee. Jessica received her BA in Marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University, MBA from Louisiana State University and is a certified Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE). She is an active member of many professional organizations such as the Louisiana Jump$tart Financial Literacy Coalition and the Junior League of Baton Rouge.