Jessica Weltha-Bales - Washington DC

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Jessica Weltha-Bales - Washington DC

Jess Weltha-Bales (she/her) is a life-long advocate for sexual violence response and prevention. After serving seven years as an active-duty army officer, Jess has extensive experience advocating for survivors of military sexual trauma and teaching bystander intervention techniques to fellow soldiers. In her current role as a Congressional Fellow with the Women’s Congressional Policy Institute, Jess is working to develop and pass legislation which supports women and the veteran community. Jess earned her bachelor’s degrees in public relations and political science from Iowa State University in 2016 and her master’s in public administration from Norwich University in 2021.

Jess continues to serve as an army reserve public affairs officer and volunteers with her local domestic violence shelter and VFW post. She spends her free time walking her dog, playing board games with her husband, and training for triathlons.