Seattle, WA 98121
Jess Blanch is program director in Enterprise Community Partners' Seattle office. She will oversee the Home & Hope Initiative. With experience both designing and developing affordable housing and community facilities, Jess brings a unique perspective to our work.
Jess comes to Enterprise from Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) in Seattle, where she was an Enterprise Rose Fellow and senior design manager. She managed mixed-use real estate development projects co-locating affordable housing and vital community programs and led CHH’s Healthy Homes Initiative to improve health outcomes of residents and staff through the use of safer building materials and cleaning products.
Prior to CHH, Jess was an architectural designer at Environmental Works Community Design Center, where she worked on a wide variety of projects including affordable housing, child care centers and community and cultural facilities.
Jess grew up in Rainier Beach, one of the most economically challenged and diverse neighborhoods in Seattle. Her childhood experiences inspired her commitment to racial, social, economic and environmental justice. She aims to manifest more resilient, equitable communities through her work in the built environment. Jess holds a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in Environmental Earth Sciences and Human Development and Education, and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Washington.