Jessa Kay Cruz

Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

Jessa is the Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist for The Xerces Society serving California and the Intermountain West. Since joining Xerces in 2008, she has worked in agricultural and natural lands throughout the Western United States to create habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects, and to promote practices that support them. She provides education and technical support to a range of individuals and agencies, including farmers and ranchers, agricultural professionals, and land managers. Jessa is a Technical Service Provider for the NRCS and holds a Master’s of Science in Environmental Entomology and Integrated Pest Management from California State University, Chico, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainable Farming from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.