Jessica AcMoody has more than 15 years of experience in state and federal legislative policy and advocacy. For the past ten years, she has directed state and federal policy initiatives at the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM), a nonprofit trade association serving the community economic development (CED) industry through training, resources, and policy advocacy. Jessica’s work focuses on coalition building and advocating for policies that create more vibrant, equitable neighborhoods around the state. This includes affordable housing, tax policy, economic inclusion, and consumer financial protections. Jessica is also the coordinator for the Rural Partners of Michigan (RPM) which focuses on economic development in rural areas around the state. She also serves on the board of Partners for Rural America and the Consumer Federation of America. She previously worked as a staff member in the House of Representatives and for a nonprofit focused on developing affordable housing for those experiencing homelessness.