Jessica Pavone

Jessica Pavone serves as Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for University Life. She has a wide-ranging background in communications and strategy, and has served in leadership roles in the public and nonprofit sectors. Jessica joined University Life in 2021, initially serving as Executive Director of Communications. She is a skilled storyteller and has crafted and managed high impact communication strategies and marketing campaigns over the course of her career, as well as strategic initiatives at multiple organizations.

Jessica has worked in the field of education since 2014, from Pre-K through higher education. Her past experiences include Chief of Staff for the KIPP Foundation’s Policy and Public Affairs team, the NYC Department of Education, where she led operations for the Universal Pre-K expansion. Prior to that, Jessica worked in urban planning, economic development and disaster resiliency at the American Red Cross for Greater New York and New York City Economic Development Corporation. She holds a Master’s in Urban Policy from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and a B.A. in Spanish and History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

A lover of great public spaces, Jessica enjoys summer picnics on Morningside with her family, and exploring Columbia’s campuses.