Jessica N. Grounds (EML’12)
Mine The Gap
Jessica Grounds is the co-founder of Mine the Gap, a company that equips leaders, industries, and organizations with the strategy and tools needed to create and sustain gender-inclusive work environments. Mine the Gap advises and works with major companies, organizations, and government agencies.
Leading up to the 2016 presidential election, Grounds served as the director of Women Ready for Hillary, the grassroots organization that built early support for Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President. Before Ready for Hillary, she was the executive director of Running Start, an organization she co-founded in 2007 that trains and inspires young women to run for elected office.
Grounds led Women Under Forty Political Action Committee (WUFPAC) as president from 2007 to 2010 and served on the Board of Directors for 14 years. She has advised and consulted hundreds of political candidates and organizations throughout the country, particularly in her role as SVP of Stones’ Phones, a campaign strategy firm. Additionally, Grounds has advised female candidates including many of the youngest female members of Congress.
She lectures globally about the critical importance of advancing women and the barriers to women’s leadership. Grounds has lectured and trained women leaders from every region of the globe, including extensive work with women in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.
Grounds was recently named a “40 Under 40” recipient by the American Association of Political Consultants. In 2016 Marie Claire magazine included her on their annual list of “movers, shakers, and rule-breakers.” She has been named a political top 50 “Influencer” by Campaigns & Elections magazine, a “Rising Star” by Politics magazine, and received the Young Woman of Achievement Award from Women’s Information Network.
She holds a master’s degree in leadership from the Georgetown McDonough and completed a graduate program in Women, Policy and Political Leadership at American University. Her most recent research, “#MeToo At Work,” sheds light on important findings regarding gender dynamics in major U.S. industries.