Jessica L. Pidgeon, Ph.D. works for New York State, where she has been employed in an executive agency since 2013. She started as a graduate assistant and was later selected to serve as a New York State Excelsior Service Fellow from 2015-2017. She currently holds a full-time position at an executive agency as its lead federal liaison and long-term planner, where she is responsible for monitoring and reporting the agency’s progress on meeting its mission. In addition, Jessica assists in the research, implementation, and evaluation of innovative pilot programs that help support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families, live more independent and community based lives.
Jessica is a first-generation college graduate of Siena College (B.A.), the University of California, Riverside (M.A., with distinction), and Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, SUNY (Ph.D.), where she received the University at Albany’s Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award in recognition of the important contribution that her research on the political participation of individuals with disabilities, family members, and support staff in American elections made to the field of political science. She has continued her relationship with Rockefeller College as a mentor to graduate students and as an Adjunct Professor for the Department of Political Science, where she teaches courses on American politics and public policy.
Jessica prides herself on her dedication to supporting and providing a voice for the state’s most commonly underserved communities.