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Jessica Dodge

Director of Operations and Programs

Jessica is responsible for managing grant and non-financial initiatives targeted at supporting entrepreneurial growth in the State of Connecticut. She oversees all CTNext programs, shaping the direction and impact of current and new initiatives, as well as developing and managing organizational strategy, budgeting, compliance, and administration to name a few. On a daily basis, Jessica works with business executives, mentors and professionals across the state to grow the CTNext network and secure support for all CTNext programs.

Jessica is also a key member of the management team for VentureClash, a new international venture capital competition managed by Connecticut Innovations, the leading source of financing for in-state growth companies. VentureClash seeks to attract companies to Connecticut. Jessica creates program content, processes and materials and leads global recruiting efforts to enlist candidates for the annual competition.

Prior to assuming her current role at CTNext, Jessica held positions at a number of small Connecticut businesses where her responsibilities included managing programs, offering logistical support, generating sales and performing data analysis for major corporate accounts. She has experience working in the nonprofit sector, with organizations that include the American Cancer Society and University of Connecticut Foundation, where she planned and executed high profile fundraising events, analyzed budgets, managed committees and provided community outreach.

Jessica received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Connecticut in 2007. A lifelong resident of the state, she lives in West Hartford with her husband and two children.

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