Jessica Mayer has been involved in the disability field since 1988. She began her career working on a polling site accessibility project for the City of New York. While employed by the city she worked on a project involving a group of Japanese visitors with disabilities who were being hosted by New York City. Among her responsibilities, was arranging cultural excursions for them around the City and she realized that sitting in an office all day wasn't for her.
After her job with the city she established her own business and worked with Chase Manhattan Bank as their consultant on disability issues. In her work with Chase she did staff training, arranged panelist discussions featuring people with disabilities and experts on disability, worked with not-for-profits, and addressed hiring issues.
Jessica was also the down state coordinator for the New York BLN between 2001-2002. She was involved in all aspects of the start-up including creating a mission and vision statement, creating stationery accessible to the visually impaired, assisting with out-reach, and putting together the kick-off event.
She has conducted workshops for WL Gore & Associates, Ithaca College (Keynote for the Tompkins County Diversity Round Table), the Federal Reserve Bank both of Atlanta and Boston and the Viscardi Center. In 2016 she arranged and moderated a panel for the 2016 Conference Board Diversity Conference.
Jessica is also a facilitator for the ADL- A World of Difference Institute and working now with Epicenter Community on the Fashion Accessibility Project.
Since the beginning of her career, Jessica has enjoyed and benefited from collaborating with others. She believes that meeting, getting to know and working with other people who may have a different way of looking at an issue is an excellent way to come up with creative solutions.