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Jessica Balladares-Bennett

Vice President

As vice president of JHL and its sister company, Austin Best Events, Jessica earns the confidence and commitment of countless brands and individuals.

Jessica’s expertise ranges from association management, to event planning and fundraising. Jessica offers nearly 20 years in advocacy and policy positioning. Clients rely on her impeccable attention to detail for not only comprehensive, ingenious message design, but spot-on execution. She easily extracts engaging tactics, including education and special events, fundraising and corporate philanthropy planning. Jessica knows how to lead a brand in aligning giving with marketing goals.

Although you often see her running high-profile celebrity events and highly publicized fundraisers, Jessica also excels in educational event planning, strategic partnerships and message delivery systems. Prior to her work at JHL Company, Jessica served as the executive director for a mental health professional association and committee director for the Texas House Committee on Defense and Veterans’ Affairs.

With a degree in communications and minor in political science, Jessica has called Austin home with her husband and two children more than 17 years. She volunteers as a CASA advocate and assists the Junior League of Austin and Women’s Fund of Central Texas through leadership roles. Jessica also serves as a member of the CACTX-Women of Courage, Cheyanna’s Champions for Children, Con Mi MADRE, Dell Children’s Council and the Women’s Symphony League.