Jessica Blome currently serves as Deputy Director of the San Francisco Ethics Commission, where she is responsible for the day-to-day management of the City’s investigations and enforcement program. The Ethics Commission has jurisdiction to enforce the City’s campaign finance, lobbying, conflict of interest, open government, and governmental ethics laws. In addition to her full-time employment with the Commission, Jessica serves as a contract attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
Prior to joining the Ethics Commission, Jessica worked full-time as a senior staff attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. There, she was lead counsel in the organization’s campaigns against Wildlife Serves and the notorious Cricket Hollow Zoo, a roadside menagerie located in Manchester, Iowa. Against Wildlife Services, Jessica lead a coalition of conservation and wildlife groups to victory over the first California Environmental Quality Act lawsuit targeting Wildlife Service’s lethal predator control program through local county contracts. Against Cricket Hollow Zoo, Jessica litigated five lawsuits, including the first-ever successful claim for the unlawful take of captive endangered tigers and lemurs under the Endangered Species Act.
At the start of her career, Jessica spent six years as an Assistant Attorney General in Missouri, where she worked to ensure effective enforcement of state environmental and animal welfare laws—-including the clean-up of the state’s waters, landfills, and hazardous waste. Jessica also created the Canine Cruelty Prevention Unit, where she managed and responded to complaints, investigated violations, and successfully prosecuted a number of cases to shut down hundreds of puppy mills. In both 2010 and 2012, Jessica received recognition for Outstanding Achievement at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office.
She holds a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, where she was Editor in Chief of the Journal of Gender, Race & Justice, and a B.A. from the University of Iowa, where she majored in organizational communications and ethics.