Maximizing with Michelle: Jessica Hudson, Executive Director, Dress for Success River Cities/Kanawha Valley

Maximizing with Michelle: Jessica Hudson, Executive Director, Dress for Success River Cities/Kanawha Valley

Michelle Mickle Foster, Ph.D.
Michelle Mickle Foster, Ph.D.

Philanthropist | Coach | Author

After nearly 15 years of a serving several different non-profit organizations throughout the Kanawha Valley,  in the fall of 2015 Jessica Hudson took her passion and desire to positively impact people and communities to Huntington, where she became the Executive Director ofDress for Success River Cities, which recently opened a branch in the Kanawha Valley.  After attending Concord University,  Jessica later furthered her education by obtaining her Fundraising Management Certification through the School of Philanthropy at IUPUI.  With the knowledge gained through that educational experience , along with a natural ability to engage an audience through her stories and experiences,  Jessica has devoted herself not only to her current cause of empowering and supporting women, but to sharing her expertise and knowledge with others. She is passionate about encouraging people to devote their time, talents and treasures to make their community a better place.   In 2017 Jessica accepted the Momentum Award from Dress for Success Worldwide, the first award of its kind. This award was in recognition of the achievements of the affiliate to overcome some significant obstacles to build a thriving and sustainable organization.  Jessica has been instrumental in helping Dress for Success River Cities reach new heights and more importantly serve more women in need of support to move from poverty to self-sufficiency. Outside of her career, Jessica is dedicated to being a mom to a busy 17-year-old and supporting his goals, as well as a fan of WVU athletics, traveling and DIY projects.