LMSW, Executive Director, Caminar Latino
Jessica was born in Kansas and moved to Atlanta, Georgia when she was three, where she still resides today with her husband and 2 young boys. Her mother, Dr. Julia Perilla, a pioneer in the field to develop Latino specific approaches for violence intervention, is originally from Colombia, South America and her father is from Texas. Jessica has dedicated her life to furthering her mother’s legacy, contributing twenty four years to Caminar Latino; the first eleven years as a volunteer in the youth program.
Jessica serves as an advisory committee member for Sesame Street in Communities and as a National Committee Member for the Futures Without Violence, Promising Futures Capacity Building Center. In 2015, Ms. Nunan was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the State Commission on Family Violence. The following year, she was an invited guest to the “United State of Women” event convened by the White House. In 2017, Jessica was featured as one of Georgia Trend’s 40 under 40 and recognized as one of 12 semi-finalist for the Coors Light Lideres National Program that supports, honors, and highlights up-and-coming Latino leaders for their achievements, vision, and commitment to reach their aspirations and help their community prosper. In 2018, Jessica was accepted into Leadership Atlanta, a nine-month, executive-level series that focuses on connecting and inspiring leaders to strengthen metro Atlanta’s communities.
Jessica obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Berry College in Georgia in 2001 and her master’s degree in Social Work from Georgia State University in 2003. Her main areas of expertise include youth violence prevention, leadership development, research, community engagement, and program development. As part of her continued personal efforts to create and sustain healthy families and honor her Latino heritage, Jessica gets together every week with extended family for “Family Night.”