Jess Berthold

Communications Director

Jess helps to create statewide messaging and strategic communications plans to promote the Center's research and policy analysis. She also leads communications at the First 5 Association of California.

Prior to working at First 5, Jess led the communications team at Prevention Institute, a national public health nonprofit in Oakland. A journalist for 15 years, she was a syndicated columnist and had her work published in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, U.S. News and World Report, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, among others.

Jess has an MA in Communications, an MPH in Community Health, and a Bachelor’s in English and Psychology. She serves on the board of Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, and lives with her family in Alameda.