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Staff

Jessica Jansen

Executive Director

A native Oregonian, Jessica fell in love with agriculture as a teenager. Inspired by her involvement in FFA throughout high school, Jessica developed a passion for education and communication. This interest led her to pursue two degrees at Oregon State University; Agricultural Sciences and Communication. Jessica oversees the day-to-day operations of Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom and works to develop the program to meet the ever-changing needs of Oregon educators and promote the greatest industry in the world, Oregon Agriculture!

Kassia Rudd

Washington County Programs Coordinator

Kassia’s enthusiasm for the outdoors solidified at a young age, and followed her from Portland to Smith College, where she earned a B.A. in Environmental Geoscience. Her post-college years found her evaluating denitrification in low order streams, studying wandering dunes off the coast of Germany, and spearheading school garden programs in Texas and Arkansas. The gardening bug stuck, and she completed an M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Food Systems at the University of Washington. Oregon never left her heart, and Kassia is glad to find herself back in the rainy northwest, connecting with educators, farmers, and community members to further student learning through agricultural and garden education.