Jessica Harms joined the George School community in February as the new Director of Alumni Engagement. In her role, she will be responsible for building lifelong relationships with current and future alumni by connecting with them through communications and events, as well as volunteer opportunities. With years of experience in alumni and parent relations, Jessica is ready to hit the ground running.
Enthusiasm radiates from Jessica as she discusses her professional philosophy and plans for her new position. “I feel that all roads have led me here, to George School—a place that perfectly blends academic rigor, spirituality, and honors individuality,” said Jessica. “I love meeting new people and consider myself a very optimistic, warm person. I have seen the power of a Quaker education and Quakerism is what really drew me to George School. My first impression is that folks here are warm, inviting, and deeply care about and value the community. I am eager to connect with alums and want to hear their thoughts on how best to shape programming and events that will be engaging, exciting, and enriching.”
Jessica is excited to welcome alumni and their families back to campus this spring for Alumni Weekend, May 6–8, 2022. “George School is the thread that binds all generations of alums together,” said Jessica. “It’s always a joyous occasion to return to a place where cherished memories were formed. May is a special time in bucolic Bucks County—we’ve shaken off the cold damp beginning of spring and head into the delightful height of the season. It’s a beautiful time to visit campus, reconnect with classmates, and reminisce on your George School experience. I hope to see you there!”
Prior to George School, Jessica spent the last five and a half years at Solebury School first as the Parent Relations Manager, working with current parents on a variety of programs, including the annual dinner auction, and then as the Alumni Relations Manager. As the Alumni Relations Manager, she was responsible for building and strengthening relationships with alumni; planned events, including Solebury’s annual Reunion Weekend; and served as a contributing editor for Solebury’s bi-annual magazine.
A native of Sacramento, California, Jessica moved to NYC to attend New York University. “It felt like the East Coast was home and I decided to stay after graduation,” said Jessica. She and her husband, who owns a coffee roasting company, have since spent 15 years in the Delaware River Valley (specifically in the New Hope/Stockton/Lambertville areas). They also have an eight-year-old daughter who attends Buckingham Friends School. When she’s away from the office, Jessica shares her love of floral design with others by teaching classes at Knapp Homestead in Kingwood, NJ.
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Jessica! We are excited to see all that she will accomplish here at George School. Jessica encourages alums to feel free to reach out to her via email, a phone call (215.579.6620), or a scheduled visit.