Jessica Barnes grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, but in 2005 Hurricane Katrina forced her to move from New Orleans to Alpharetta, Georgia. She dedicated her free time to playing volleyball, which eventually earned her a scholarship to play volleyball at Delaware State University. After earning her Bachelors of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management, she moved to Baltimore, Maryland to start her career at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel where she was a Banquet Supervisor and later joined the hotel sales team. In 2016, Jessica relocated to Boston, Massachusetts to pursue her Masters of Science in Leadership and Administration with a concentration in Executive Leadership and Organizational Development while planning events in Corporate Citizenship at Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship. Jessica spends her free time working on her e-commerce store and gifting for those suffering from pet and human grief. In 2020, she relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida to support her partner who relocated there due to COVID-19 negatively impacting hospitality jobs in Boston.