As the Director of Energy for The Breakthrough Institute, Lovering works to change how people think about energy and the environment. She began her work in this field after earning an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder, where her studies focused on energy policy. During her last year of school, Jessica created a graduate course in nuclear energy, which she co-taught in the Spring of 2012 with a nuclear physics professor. The course was an interdisciplinary look at all aspects of nuclear power including social, environmental, financial, security, and legal issues. She has gone on to author many articles about the cost and impact of nuclear power.
Lovering received a BA in Astrophysics from the University of California Berkeley and an MS in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado. She also worked for two years on NASA's New Horizons mission, which will fly by Pluto in July 2015.