Currently, Jessica K. Norman occupies the position of Executive Vice President – General Counsel & Secretary at Independence Realty Trust, Inc. Jessica joined IRT in December 2016 in connection with its management internalization. Prior to that, Jessica served as Managing Director – Corporate Counsel for RAIT Financial Trust from November 2013 through December 2016. While employed at RAIT, Jessica was primarily responsible for overseeing legal matters affecting IRT. Prior to joining RAIT, Jessica was in private practice from 2006 through 2013 at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP, and Dechert LLP.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a Juris Doctorate and a Master of Business Administration from Temple University.
Beginning her time with the Board of Directors as a Board Observer through the Philadelphia Bar Foundation program, Jessica has been an active member since 2021.