Get IN Chicago is pleased to introduce Jessica Omana, our new Grants Coordinator!  Jessica will be the day-to-day contact to assist grantees with questions about data, tracking, and the Cityspan system.

Prior to starting at Get IN Chicago, Jessica worked at Aon Hewitt as a Senior Investment Analyst.  There, she managed almost $10 billion in corporate assets, providing support for investment portfolios through data collection and analysis.  Her other experiences include financial support for the British American Business Council, census research for the Consultate General of Costa Rica, and serving as the co-founder of Georgetown’s Hoyas for Immigrant Rights.  With her background, Jessica will be a great asset for all of you – please join us in welcoming her to the team!



Jessica Omana, Grants Coordinator

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Current Neighborhood: Berwyn
Alma Mater: Georgetown University
Major: Government and Politics

Three Facts about Jessica
1. I have an identical twin
2. I eat a daily dosage of chocolate
3. My bucket list includes skydiving at different locations




What interested you about the Get IN Chicago position?
The opportunity to put my analytical mind and curiosity to work in making an impact in the community where I live. I was looking forward to transitioning from the corporate private sector to the nonprofit and philanthropic field, and the Grants Coordinator role at Get IN Chicago was the perfect chance for me to do that. I am interested in learning more about our grants and the impacts they have in the community.

Why do you think data is important to nonprofit work, and youth violence reduction in particular?
It is important because this is a key way to measure our efforts in working to reduce youth violence, to help us see the effectiveness of the programs, and compare the outcomes.  Collected data helps us illustrate the success of the work and learn how to strengthen programs for more impact.

How do you like to spend your Saturdays in Chicago?
Practicing yoga and watching documentaries on Netflix