Jessica Hubbard is a corporate social responsibility and philanthropy consultant specializing in strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, program design, and partnership development (partner identification, due diligence, negotiations, and management). Jessica is passionate about the intersection of business and society and believes that all companies can improve their competitiveness and their social impact by engaging with the social issues that create risk and opportunity for their business models.
Jessica co-founded and led the CSR function at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the global education company, where she served as Director of Corporate Social Responsibility. In that capacity, she developed and executed an award-winning employee engagement strategy, built HMH’s reputation through major partnerships, and led a multi-stakeholder effort to improve the sustainability of HMH’s supply chain. Jessica began her career in corporate social responsibility and philanthropy as a consultant at Changing Our World and she now works with the firm on a project basis, advising companies on strategic social engagement initiatives. She has also worked as a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s CSR Initiative; as founder of the blog Reimagining CSR and Corporate Philanthropy Editor for onPhilanthropy.com; and on a short-term project with the MAC AIDS Fund at Estee Lauder’s MAC Cosmetics, where she worked on international grantmaking strategy. Jessica also worked on digital media strategy at WGBH, the public media producer, for the group that produces educational children’s TV shows and other media.
Jessica graduated from Harvard Business School, where she served as co-president of the school’s Social Enterprise Club, and Harvard College, where she was student body vice president.