Andors, Jessica

Executive Director

Lawrence CommunityWorks

Jessica Andors is the Executive Director of Lawrence CommunityWorks, a nonprofit community development corporation forging a network of residents and stakeholders dedicated to asset-building, mutual support, and collective action to transform and revitalize the city of Lawrence. Jessica was part of a team of community organizers that spearheaded the organization’s rebirth in 1999, and has held several different positions within LCW. Since 1999, LCW has grown from a staff of one and a deficit, to a $4 million organization with over 5,000 resident and stakeholder members, over $120 million invested in affordable housing, family asset building, and community organizing and development, and numerous awards for its work. Jessica received her Master’s of City Planning degree from MIT, where she was honored for outstanding contributions to the intellectual life of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Previously, she worked in the New York and San Francisco nonprofit sectors after graduating summa cum laude from Amherst College. She has served on the boards of the Lawrence Teen Coalition, the Hope Street Youth Center, the Essex Art Center, Team Summit, and the MA Association of Community Development Corporations; she chaired the statewide asset-building MIDAS Collaborative; she was a founding board member of Mill Cities Community Investments (a community development financial institution serving the Merrimack Valley), and chaired the MA Brownfields Advisory Group and served on the MassDevelopment New Markets Advisory Group. She currently serves on the Boards of the Lawrence Alliance for Education (a nonprofit board acting as Receiver of the Lawrence Public Schools), and the Lawrence Partnership (a public-private economic development collaborative). Jessica is bilingual in English and Spanish, a proud Lawrence resident, and the mother of the exuberant and beautiful Elias, who shares his mother’s love of books, food, and playing outside.

Andors, Jessica