Jessica Goldstein is the director of NPR's events and strategic initiatives. In this role, she directs the strategy and packaging of music, comedy and culture live events at NPR. Previously, Goldstein was the Senior Supervising Producer at NPR Music where she helped define and lead many of NPR Music's major content initiatives across multiple platforms, including with the news magazines, podcasts and multimedia projects. She recently led the team whose work on the Tiny Desk Concert Contest was nominated for a Digiday Award.
From 2007 – 2011, Goldstein was a producer on NPR's Science Desk, contributing radio and multimedia stories on all of NPR's award-winning programs; she also was Robert Krulwich's producer and helped to create and edit his blog "Krulwich Wonders." From 1994 to 2007, Goldstein traveled around the world as the producer for the NPR/National Geographic Society collaboration Radio Expeditions, and was part of the Radio Expeditions team that was awarded the 2001 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Baton Award.
Before coming to NPR in 1994, Goldstein collected oral histories of people in conflict-torn neighborhoods around the world for news publications and museum exhibitions. She also interned at the Hebrew/English production of Sesame Street.
Born and raised in New York City, Goldstein is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in History. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two daughters.