Jessica Velazquez is the inaugural chairperson of CHAT’s Associate Board as of January 2021. Given her lifelong dedication to increasing access and empowerment for communities of color, Jessica was drawn to CHAT’s values of advocacy, education, and social justice.
Jessica is a Base Optimization Specialist at Airtable, a SaaS company dedicated to democratizing software creation. In her role, she enables companies of all sizes to level up their no-code software skills to achieve their most ambitious goals. Prior to this role, she served South Side Chicago communities as an operations-focused assistant director in the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement. Earlier roles focused on operations, DEIB in the workspace, and customer service.
Jessica graduated from DePaul University with a B.A. in English, Literary Studies, and an M.B.A. in management studies.