Jessica King

Executive Director, ASSETS Lancaster

Lancaster, PA

Accelerate Collaboration, Prioritize Equity  |  Advocacy, Community Economic Development, Incubator / Accelerator, Rural Community Development, Technical Assistance

Jessica fosters social equity and sustainability by supporting under-represented entrepreneurs and triple-bottom-line businesses.

Jessica is the executive director of ASSETS Lancaster in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which focuses on microenterprise, social enterprise, women’s leadership, and creative financial capital and local economic development research and organizing. Jessica previously founded & directed an arts and social enterprise incubator, managed an economic development effort and local foods market in a low-income community, and directed an urban service learning program. She has significant board and committee service in community and economic development efforts, and has an MBA in Sustainability from Bard College and a BA from Eastern Mennonite University. Jessica was born and resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


  • Effectively and broadly piloting social enterprise in Lancaster, PA.
  • Helping to catalyze the Lancaster Mayor’s Commission to Combat Poverty.
  • Demonstrating the power of social capital, for example through new approaches to saving abandoned buildings in Pittsburgh and utilizing social capital to mitigate financial risk in ASSETS lending circles.
  • Building egalitarian and transparent organizational structures.
  • Valuing traditionally undervalued people, buildings, and neighborhoods.