Jessica is driven by the belief that physical place can be transformative, and that the power of connection impacts lives. She has built a career of building extraordinary places designed to bring people together to share in meaningful and magical moments. Jessica spearheads all growth and strategic initiatives at Sage Restaurant Group/Sage Hospitality, including adaptive reuse and urban ground-up projects. Since 2015, she has overseen the ideation and development of nine Sage properties (seven completed, two under development). Jessica brings development, branding and opening expertise from her time at Food Network, David Burke Restaurants, China Grill Management and Joe Bastianich. At Food Network, she helped create, launch and grow the brand’s first restaurant concept, Food Network Kitchen, which was named a top 10 brand extension by Adweek and Forbes. Jessica serves on the leadership council and fundraising committee chair for Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters, co-founded the Sage Women in Leadership forum and is a graduate of Leadership Denver.