A Columbus native and graduate of Otterbein University, Jess Laughlin is go-to for all things related to the Columbus scene – making her the ideal events producer for our Chamber team. Jess realized her passion for nonprofit work and event planning right out of college during her tenure with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. This fervor for helping others soon led to her time at Bike & Build – a 72-day cross-country cycling trip from Providence, Rhode Island to San Francisco, California – and a six-year stint with the Columbus Dispatch running event operations for large trade shows, banquets and corporate events.
Jess’s position as Chamber events producer isn’t her only full-time job – she also is a mom to two tiny humans and married to her college sweetheart. In her spare time, Jess enjoys traveling far and wide in search of good music, trying out the vibrant scene of local craft beer and laughing and dancing whenever life tries to get serious. She is also dedicated to helping her mother run a small non-profit in honor of her late father, which supports families who have lost a loved one to heart disease.
With her bright demeanor and go-getter attitude, Jess is the perfect addition to the Columbus Chamber team – adding a flair to each and every event she works on.