Jess Wood was born in Devils Lake, North Dakota and grew up on a farm 30
miles from the nearest town. Although she started driving a tractor
before she could even reach the pedals, her driving record is less than
spotless. She has been hit by a deer (it ran into the side of her car),
had a car accident in a parking lot, and even totaled a truck in an empty
pasture. She also spent her summers working mowing lawns and selling
minnows. Although her dreams of being a racehorse jockey were crushed in
3rd grade by growing over 4 feet tall (which she is still devastated about
today), she owns a horse and enjoys riding even though she canít compete.
After working for Dr. Irina Smoliakova during her undergraduate years at
the University of North Dakota, she came to Berkeley. Since she had
experienced living in rural ND for so long, she decided to move to the
more urban border between El Cerrito and Richmond where she hears police
sirens daily and is afraid to walk her dog at night.
Email: jess_wood at calmail dot berkeley dot edu