Director of Marketing and The Forum
Master of Public Administration, Columbus State University
Bachelor of Arts, Communication, Columbus State University
Jessica Drake is the director of Marketing and The Forum at Columbus State University. The Forum, hosted by the Leadership Institute, is the premier leadership event in the region. She manages all aspects of the event, which offers an intimate setting with some of the best and brightest minds in the world. She has 12 years of progressive marketing and public relations experience, working previously as the PR and Communications Coordinator for St. Francis Hospital.
She is a graduate of Leadership Georgia’s Class of 2019. She is a recipient of Columbus State University's Sustainability Award (2020) and Staff Collaboration Award (2018). In 2016, Drake was named as one of Columbus and the Valley Magazine’s “Rising Stars.” She is a 2012 graduate of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Columbus and currently serves as a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador.
She has been a member of the Junior League of Columbus for 10 years, where she currently serves as chair of their Teens Who Care scholarship program and has received the President’s Award twice and the Mary Sprouse Boyd Award. She also serves on the Muscogee County Library Foundation’s Wine Women and Shoes committee.