Jessica DeLuna

Grants Development Assistant

Jessica DeLuna joined First Nations in September 2023, bringing along more than 10 years of communications and nonprofit business administration experience to the organization.

As an avid student, lifelong learner, and natural born leader, Jessica thrives on engaging with people from all walks of life to learn their stories in an effort to understand their needs on a fundamental human level.

She spent the last 10 years working with unhoused veterans to learn the many layers that affect their reintegration into civilian life, finding that many of the socioeconomic hurdles they faced prior to military life are the same upon exiting, continuing the cycle of unnecessary hardship. She is incredibly passionate about education knowing that the barriers to success often arise at the expense of shared knowledge and opportunity, rather than motivation or unfair perception. Her compassion and respect for human dignity helped her raise millions of dollars for the betterment of veteran reintegration programs and the communities they serve.

Jessica has a B.A. in history and organizational communication from the University of New Mexico, and a Masters of Letters in history from the University of Glasgow (Scotland).

In her spare time, Jessica can be found nose deep in a good book, spoiling her dog nephew Archie, and honing in her pop culture references.