Jess King has been fighting for Pennsylvania working families for two decades. She is a community leader and entrepreneur. She has served on numerous community development boards in Pittsburgh and Lancaster. In 2015 she was appointed a Commissioner on Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray’s Commission to Combat Poverty.
In September she will take a leave of absence from her position as Executive Director of ASSETS to run for U.S. Congress here in the 16th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. ASSETS is a Lancaster-based nonprofit that supports working Pennsylvanians to start small businesses, and motivates business owners to improve their social and environmental impacts.
Jess was born and raised in Leola, Pennsylvania. She attended Conestoga Valley School District, Lancaster Mennonite High School and Eastern Mennonite University. She later earned an MBA from Bard College. After finishing college at Eastern Mennonite University, Jess moved to Pittsburgh where she served as founding Executive Director of the Union Project, a multi-million dollar community-driven effort that turned an abandoned church building into an affordable community space. Jess moved home to Lancaster in 2007 when her husband accepted a position as a Mennonite pastor. She began her current position at ASSETS in 2010 and has rebuilt it into one of Lancaster’s most innovative organizations.
Jess King entered the race for U.S. Congress because she thinks Washington insiders are out of touch with everyday Americans.
She is a working mother who believes it’s time for America to work for all of us, not just a privileged few.
She lives in southeast Lancaster City with her two daughters and her husband Chad Martin.