Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Jessica Ehrlich was brought up with a deep commitment to the local community instilled by her parents, Charles and Jacquelyn. Jessica first left home to attend Vanderbilt University before moving to New York City to pursue career opportunities. In New York, she spent six years working in international business and finance at three Fortune 500 companies. Living through the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Ehrlich was compelled to work in public policy.
Jessica left New York to attend Southern Methodist University Law School, on a scholarship, during which time she interned for the Chief Judge of the U.S. Federal Court for Middle Florida in Tampa and held a fellowship in international human rights law. Jessica Ehrlich returned home to St. Petersburg to practice law with her father before receiving an opportunity to work for U.S. Representative Clay Shaw (R-FL) where she handled issues such as Social Security, Financial Services and the Judiciary. Ehrlich then served as Counsel for U.S. Representative Stephen Lynch (D-MA) of the Financial Services Committee. Ehrlich left Washington to return to the private sector where she developed technology for Bloomberg LP to bring transparency to the legislative and regulatory processes. She has spent nearly a decade working on federal legislative and regulatory matters. When Jessica’s father was diagnosed with a terminal blood disease, she returned to St. Petersburg. Since his passing in 2010, Ehrlich has devoted herself to fulfilling his legacy of service to her local community. In 2012, she was the Democratic candidate for Congress in Florida’s 13th Congressional District.