Jessica Block

Governor appointee

Associate Director, WIFIRE Lab at UC San Diego


  • Fire behavior and risk modeling
  • Vegetation management’s impact on surrounding ecology
  • Data governance
  • Board management and strategic planning

Jessica Block has been a senior research associate and associate director of the WIFIRE Lab at the University of California, San Diego since 2011. In Jessica’s role at WIFIRE, she oversees the wildfire modeling team for the CalOES FIRIS program. She was a wildfire research officer at the University of Melbourne in 2010, a research associate at the University of Ballarat, Australia from 2008 to 2009, a research associate at San Diego State University in 2008, and a senior research developer at Arizona State University from 2005 to 2008. Block earned a Master of Science degree in geological sciences with an emphasis in urban ecology from Arizona State University.