Jessica Burnham has a BFA in Communication Design from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and a MFA in Design Research and Innovation from the University of North Texas. She got her start in community engagement and community-based design through her desire to build community through communication. Her efforts led to creating a business association on Lowest Greenville Avenue called the Lowest Greenville Collective which led to her role as Executive Director of the Deep Ellum Foundation. Currently, she is the Director for Design and Innovation Programs at SMU. Jessica lives in Richardson, Texas with her husband and two boys.