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Jessica Thomas
Jessica is a relationship manager with the PNC Bank’s Public Finance group and is committed to serving the financial needs of public sector entities of all types and sizes, from state and local governments, school districts and transportation authorities to institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations. Jessica provides financial solutions to clients across the State of Alabama and the Florida panhandle with over 10 years of experience in the banking industry. She graduated from The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration in May of 2010 with a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Finance. She obtained her FINRA license in municipal bond underwriting in 2017.

When not meeting with clients throughout the State, Jessica is a member of Junior League of Birmingham, the Rotaract Club of Birmingham, the YWCA Junior Board, and McWane New Elements. She also serves as a founding member, treasurer, and board member for the Alabama Chapter of Women in Public Finance. Jessica was honored to be a part of the second class of the Alabama Leadership Initiative (ALI) and is currently serving on the ALI Advisory Board.

She and her husband Griffin have two children, Eleanor (3) and Porter (4 mo). The family live in Vestavia Hills and are members of Shades Mountain Baptist Church.

Why have you decided to serve as a Torchbearer for the JLB?
From my time serving with the YWCA, I have learned just a few of the challenges that face domestic violence victims and their families. Frankly, it is overwhelming and heartbreaking to imagine facing these situations. With the impacts of social isolation due to COVID-19, it is terrifying to think how many more families are affected by these tragedies. The work that this campaign is supporting is more important than ever. I am blown away by our Community’s support and I do not believe a better cause could benefit from our united efforts during such a divided time in our Country’s history. I was honored to be asked to take this Torch and continue the great work of Ragan Cain, Kitty Brown, Erin Stephenson, and Laura James. As a mother myself, I am humbled that my efforts could take some of the burden off the families and individuals One Place will serve.

What/who inspires you to be a Light in our community?
I am continually inspired by the stories of resilience and rebirth that I have heard while volunteering with the Junior League and the YWCA, but I would be remiss not to acknowledge a friend whose life was an inspiration and whose recent passing has reignited my own urgency to serve our community in a meaningful and intentional way. While many know of the tireless and selfless efforts of Lee Ann Petty, I consider it a great privilege to have called her a friend and witnessed her heart for helping others. As a true servant leader, her efforts have left their mark across Birmingham and the entire State of Alabama. I hope to carry on even a small part of the wonderful work she faithfully did for our community. Supporting One Place and the Junior League of Birmingham seems to be a fitting way to honor her memory and continue her legacy. Most importantly, I am inspired by my faith to help carry the burdens of others and look out for those less fortunate. By carrying this torch, I hope to reflect the light of Christ to those going through terrible darkness.

 

   

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