Jessica  Halem

Jessica Halem


Jessica Halem, MBA is currently the LGBT Program Director for Harvard Medical School where she directs diversity and inclusion efforts for faculty, staff, students and trainees throughout the school and 15 hospitals and affiliates. Jessica has been leading programs for social justice and organizational change since the 1990s. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, she worked with former Congresswoman Bella Abzug to organize women leaders from around the world to advocate at the United Nations. Jessica was then recruited to lead the Lesbian Community Cancer Project in Chicago. And in 2008, she was asked to work on Barack Obama's first LGBT Advisory Committee. While in Chicago, she trained at Second City where she cultivated her improv skills and led a successful comedy career for 15 years. Jessica has shared the stage with Lady Gaga, Indigo Girls, and Margaret Cho. She has been featured in Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and on NPR.