Jess Forden is a Program Associate at the Roosevelt Institute, where she works on the 21st Century Economy and Economic Inclusion programs. Jess assists with research and projects on labor markets, modern work arrangements, and the intersection of race and gender in the economy. Prior to joining Roosevelt, Jess received her B.A. from Wellesley College where she studied economics. Previously she has held summer positions at the U.S. Agency for International Development, West Bank & Gaza where she supported the private enterprise office with local economic development projects.