Dr. Jessica Griffen, Ed.D.

Dr. Jessica A. Griffen brings far more than 25 years of experience in business development, systems development, training, and entrepreneurship to her role as the Chairwoman & Chief Executive Officer of The Urban Development Center, Incorporated and Chief Operating Officer of The Soft Skills Training Institute of Florida and Eduocity. Each entity serves as a catalyst for the development of education and training programs in urban communities. Dr. Griffen and her partner are the creators of the PeopleSmart Model, which is an amalgamation of emotional intelligence and soft skills designed to improve the quality of life for individuals from birth to adulthood. She brings vitality, professionalism, warmth, and a mindset of service and advocacy to her work with existing and emerging businesspersons and owners in urban communities across the country.