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In 2019, Jessica co-founded Rellevant Partners, a boutique private equity firm making growth equity investments in lower middle market companies in the restaurant, restech, and F&B industries. To-date, Rellevant has made two investments, including Motif Foodworks (Jun-21), a food technology focused on plant-based food, and an ethnic cuisine fast-casual restaurant (Jan-20). 

Jessica has a unique hybrid background with over 20 years of finance, private equity, and operating experience. Throughout her career, she has been focused on the consumer sector, with a strong emphasis on food & beverage, restaurants, and consumer products. Jessica is an active Interim CFO and CFO Advisor of various companies, including Motif Foodworks, Techstars, and Allonnia, and is a Financial Strategist with Results Thru Strategy.

Prior to co-founding Rellevant Partners, Jessica was a partner in TriSpan’s Rising Stars fund, a dedicated restaurant private equity fund where she invested in and sat on the Board of Yardbird, Rosa Mexicano, and Stacked. Jessica began her private equity career at Catterton Partners, where she worked before attending Harvard Business School in 2005. Jessica is originally from Montreal and moved to New York after graduating from McGill University to work as an investment banking analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (later Credit Suisse First Boston).

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