Jessica Blotter

Jessica Blotter, M.A., Ed.

is CEO, Co-Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Kind Traveler, a journalist, speaker, and advocate for the greater good. 

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Jessica Blotter is CEO, Co-Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Kind Traveler, a journalist, speaker, and advocate for the greater good. The moment she discovered that the love of travel can't be separated from the state of the world on a trip to Belize in 2012, her journey to create Kind Traveler began. Blotter led research and development of the Kind Traveler brand and business model, and now leads the team in offering a meaningful way for purpose-driven travelers to benefit both local and global communities. Travelers 'give' to a local or global charity; as reward for their donation, they 'get' an exclusive rate to book directly with the world’s best hotels and unique properties. 100% of the donations raised on the Kind Traveler platform are given to charity. 

In a time of violence and war, she dreams of living in a world where the environment and all animals and people are treated with kindness; a world where all individuals are empowered with a sense of purpose and gratitude in their daily lives and are fulfilled with heaps of happiness as a result.

Her career began as an earth science and math teacher with UCSD's Pruess School, a unique charter school for low income students who strive to become the first in their families to graduate from college, educating 130 students each day. She then spent 10 years as an Associate Publisher and Advertising Director with popular print & digital fashion and lifestyle magazine start-ups including 944 Magazine and Foam Magazine in San Diego and Los Angeles. Her entrepreneurial journey began as the five-year Principal of LA-based brand consultancy, Publicly Loved, where her clients included luxury real estate moguls like CIM Group and Marriott Hotels.

With a heart for travel, sustainability, social impact, and animal welfare, she has contributed as a journalist to Fast Company, CBS Los Angeles, Hospitality Design, One Green Planet, Green Lodging News, CEO.com, Spa Finder, Examiner, Destination Luxury, Darling Magazine, and the BLLA (Boutique Lodging & Lifestyle Association).

As a speaker, she’s presented on the stages of TEDx and regular contributes as a panelist with various professional hospitality associations and events including the Travel & Adventure Show, Lodging Magazine’s Green Lodging Conference, the Enlightened Entrepreneur Summit, and the Boutique Lodging Association’s annual leadership summit. 

"She dreams of living in world where all individuals are empowered with a sense of purpose in their daily lives and are fulfilled with heaps of happiness as a result."

As a child, Jessica always had a longing to help animals. Over the last six years you could find her searching for homes for LA’s homeless pet population on death row and educating the public on the importance of spaying and neutering as a volunteer with Best Friends Animal Society, Carson Cats, and Much Love Animal Rescue. As a passionate voice for animals, she's served as a reporter interviewing celebrities such as Bob Barker, Willie Nelson, Ian Somerhalder, and Russell Simmons to create awareness around the importance of avoiding circuses that involve animals, ending the illegal wildlife trade, and the need to end factory farming with Animal Defenders International, Humane Society of the U.S., WildAid, and Animal Hero Kids. 

When she’s not curating kindness with Kind Traveler, she is a dedicated yogi and loves spending time in the wildlands of her Topanga backyard. She tries to keep up with the regular requests of her eight rescues: a turkey named Drumstick, a bunny, two chickens, and four cats. 

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