Outgoing Executive Director
Jessica King has been committed to working families and communities over her 20-year career in Economic Development in Lancaster & Pittsburgh. She is an entrepreneur within nonprofits – utilizing business tools and resources to seek greater social and environmental returns in the community. She has served as the Executive Director of ASSETS since 2010 and has planned and grown the programs, staff, budget and funding sources more than 800% over that time. She has won numerous awards for her leadership including Pittsburgh’s 40 under 40 and Lancaster’s Ethics in Business Award and Baldwin Fellowship, served on various community development boards in Pittsburgh and Lancaster, served as a Commissioner on Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray’s Commission to Combat Poverty and currently Chairs the Coalition to Combat Poverty’s Private Sector Working Group, serves on the Lancaster Equity Community Development Corporation Board and the Redevelopment Authority of Lancaster City, has been named a 2016-17 Fellow with the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, and serves on and the Board of Create Karma – a community wellness program. Born & raised in Lancaster, she was educated at Conestoga Valley School District, Lancaster Mennonite School and Eastern Mennonite University. She earned an MBA with a focus on the integrated bottom line: Economics, Environment & Social Equity from Bard College and studied Impact Investing at the University of Oxford. She lives in Southeast Lancaster City with her husband and two school-age daughters. She will be taking a leave of absence September 1, 2017 to run for elected office.