Jessica Gow was born and raised in Ocala, Florida and attended the University of West Florida after graduating from Belleview High School. After graduating Magna Cum Laude and as an Honors Scholar with the University of West Florida, Mrs. Gow attended the Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, Mrs. Gow served as the President of the Environmental Law Society, Associate Editor of the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law, and Notes and Comments Editor for the Florida State University Law Review. Mrs. Gow also volunteered as a Peer Mentor for the law school, and acted as a student ambassador throughout her time there.
Her student article, The Centennial Shakeup; Is the National Park Service losing its ability to manage and create Aquatic Preserves?, was selected for publication in the 32nd volume of the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law. Mrs. Gow was also awarded the Book award for receiving the highest grade in the following courses: Tort Law, Environmental Law, Ocean and Coastal Law, Water Law, and Negotiations.
Throughout her law school career, Mrs. Gow worked with various environmental nonprofits, including Save the Manatee Club, Surfrider Foundation, the Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition, and Earthjustice, the nonprofit law firm. Mrs. Gow also worked in real property and land use matters at Gunster Law Firm, located in Tallahassee, Florida, and worked alongside University professors as a research assistant in the areas of Torts, Tax law, Environmental law, and Administrative law. Mrs. Gow graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a certificate in Environmental and Land Use law.
Mrs. Gow current serves on the executive board of the Volusia County Association for Responsible Development (VCARD) 2021 Member of the Year, and is an appointed board member of the Volusia Forever Advisory Committee established by Volusia County voters. Mrs. Gow is also closely involved in Homes Bring Hope, an organized dedicated to eradicating homelessness in Volusia County, along with being a member of the Florida Brownfields Association.
Mrs. Gow was also recently appointed to the Volusia County Environment & Natural Resources Advisory Committee by the Volusia County Council. The Environment and Natural Resources Advisory Committee shall work with professional staff of Volusia County in recommending minimum standards for the protection of the environment under applicable provisions of the Volusia County Charter, and for making recommendations on the corresponding implementing ordinance.
In her free time, Jessica enjoys playing board games, enjoying Florida’s coast, and going hiking with her husband, Jeramie, and their two dogs.