Jessica Fertinel serves as Administrative Manager in the Office of the Senior Vice Provost, executing and managing a wide variety of operational responsibilities and liaising with other Provost’s Office units.
Jessica’s prior experience in these areas includes her service as Assistant to the Music Director of the Houston Symphony, where her administrative operations and event management skills supported both the day-to-day needs of the Director as well as the pre-arrival, logistical, and creative needs of an ongoing slate of world-renown guest artists. Prior to that, as Deputy Cultural Attaché to the Consulate General of France in Houston, Jessica oversaw the Education and French Language Department and chaired the production of the French Cultures Festival. She most recently served as Sales Operations Specialist at NuSmile, where she cultivated new business leads, collaborated on business strategy, and represented the company in a variety of settings.
She has a Master's Degree in Social and Political Sciences, and Economics from Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence (with honors). As a student, she spent a year abroad in Bremen, Germany, interning at the Institut Français (French Cultural Institute). The first US city she lived in was New Orleans, where she interned at the French Consulate, working in University Cooperation.