Jessica Gavre was born and raised in the South Sound. She attended Tacoma Community College and the University of Washington Tacoma where she received her BASW and MSW degrees. She began her professional career working in community organizing around social justice issues, particular those impacting women and the LGBTQ community. In 2009 she helped organize field work for the Approve Referendum 71 Campaign, which successfully secured domestic partnership benefits for same sex couples. Shortly after, she was hired as Campaign Manager for Laurie Jinkins in her first race for Washington State House of Representatives. After Jinkins won, Jessica went to Olympia to work as her Legislative Aide. In 2013, after three legislative sessions, she was hired as the Development Director for YWCA Pierce County where she has worked for the past six years. During her time at YWCA, she has grown their fundraising department and led the creation of an Associate Board, geared towards engaging young leaders ages 21-40.
In 2012, while still working in Olympia, Jessica volunteered to lead field campaign efforts in Pierce County for the 2012 Marriage Equality Campaign. In 2016, when the rights of Transgender Washingtonians were threatened by a ballot initiative, she took temporary leave from her job at YWCA to work or Freedom for all Americans, leading a voter outreach deep-canvassing program in Pierce County. She is currently a board member of South Sound Women’s Leadership, a Political Action Committee committed to electing progressive women in the Pierce County area and working to end and prevent sexual harassment in politics.