Founder and CEO
The Opportunity Network
Jessica Pliska is Founder and CEO of The Opportunity Network, where she is responsible for growth strategy, fundraising, visibility and organization management. Under Jessica’s leadership, OppNet has grown from a pilot serving one school and 10 students to a highly regarded education player in New York City, serving 1,000 students, recruited from 100 schools. Jessica also sits on the organization’s board of directors.
Jessica and her team are credited with coining the term Career Fluency® for OppNet students ― how to build work experience, master professional skills and cultivate networks to launch successful careers as college graduates. The term is cited frequently in youth development contexts as a major factor in closing the achievement gap.
Before founding OppNet, Jessica launched the marketing department for Mercer Delta Consulting, a Marsh & McLennan company, as its first U.S. Director of Marketing, and before that she was an executive at Edelman, where she managed communications for CEOs.
Jessica sits on the National Advisory Board of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation and on the board Career Village, an online community connecting working professionals with students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. She also is a member of the National College Access Network’s Rapid Response Policy Team. Jessica is a former board member of One To World, a non-profit organization creating learning and cultural opportunities for Fulbright and other international scholars. She has appeared in such national press as Bloomberg Television, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Huffington Post. She received her BA from Yale College.