Jessica Rhau

Chief of Staff

Jessica joined the Foundation in 2018 with an extensive background in cross-sector collaboration and organizational development. She recently supported initiatives at the American Society of Hematology to improve the quality of care provided to patients nationally and globally affected by blood diseases.

Previously, she served as the special assistant to the international president of the Service Employees International Union supporting the president’s partnerships and alliances in preserving affordable health care, increasing minimum wage, immigration reform, and improving industry standards for those working in health care, property services, and the public service sector. Jessica also spent several years as a community organizer working on voting rights, housing justice, women’s rights, and health care reform issues. She has worked on local, state, and national political campaigns, including the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

A native of Chicago, IL, Jessica is the proud daughter of immigrants. She received her B.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.