Jessa Brooks assumed the Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Vice President of Philanthropy role in January of 2016, however she began at Marian Regional Medical Center in 2009. Before joining the Marian Foundation in 2013, Jessa was a Marketing Specialist for the Dignity Health Central Coast Service Area.
Throughout her time at the Marian Foundation, Jessa’s leadership has been instrumental to annual giving initiatives, large-scale events, donor cultivation, and capital campaigns. In 2017, under Jessa’s leadership, the Marian Foundation had it’s the highest revenue year achieved to-date with a $2.5 million gift commitment and total revenue of $4.7 million. In 2018, Jessa’s leadership was also instrumental in securing an $800,000 grant award – the Foundation’s largest grant award in its history.
Among her many accomplishments, Jessa earned Marian’s esteemed Sister Marilyn Ingram Achievement Award in 2012 for demonstrating an active commitment to the medical center and recognition for her outstanding marketing accomplishments in leading the planning and execution of the new hospital’s grand opening events and advertising campaign.
Jessa is a Central Coast native and a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is a member of the Santa Maria Valley YMCA Board of Directors, the Cal Poly Journalism Advisory Board, the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals as a member of the local chapter.