Jessica Lea Risco holds an MPH from the University of Arizona in International Family and Child Health, as well as a BA in Theatre and English from Gustavus Adolphus College. For the past 15 years, Jessica has been melding her public health background and her training as an actor to help improve the health of communities around the world. She served in the US Peace Corps in Morocco and has worked has a health educator across the US and Africa. Upon moving the Bay Area to pursue acting professionally, Jessica discovered standardized patient work to be a wonderful way to advocate for patients by improving the quality of care from healthcare professionals. In addition to this work, Jessica has performed on stages in Minneapolis, New York City, Tucson, Dublin, Honolulu and now the San Francisco Bay Area, which has become her home. Locally, she has worked with Shotgun Players, Just Theatre, Golden Thread, Berkeley Rep, San Francisco Playhouse, The Playwright's Foundation, The O'Neill Foundation and Boxcar Theatre where she originated the role of Dorothy in The Speakeasy, performing over 100 times.