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ms Q+A: Jessica Leiter

Maggie Kearns Francis

August 12, 2019

Jessica in 100 Words or Less

I am a Project Manager in the commercial architecture group at ms, focusing primarily on grocery and restaurant clients. My background is in architecture, and I became a Registered Architect in 2013. I met my husband Scott at ms in 2003, and we were married in 2006. We have two perfect boys, Jackson (5) and Brooks (2), along with two fur babies, Tidbit and Bella.

The Speed Round

What was your first job?

Sandwich artist at Jersey Mike’s


What is one item on your bucket list?

Swim with sharks


If you could have a cup of coffee with anyone, who would it be?

Ryan Reynolds


Least favorite food?



Last thing you read?

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine


Best concert you’ve been to?

Farm Aid Festival


Farthest you’ve traveled from home?



Biggest pet peeve?

Overly confident people


If you could only wear one color for the rest of your life, which color would you choose?



Favorite restaurant?



If you could live one day over again, which would you pick?

Wedding day!

Tell us More

What sets ms apart from other engineering & architecture firms?

 I enjoy the people I work with at ms so much. I have made some great friends and feel like ms is truly a family.


Which project are you most proud to have been a part of, and why?

The ALDI project on Duke Street in Alexandria, VA. Working with the City of Alexandria was one of the most challenging jurisdictions I have encountered. I was an integral part of the design of the building, and its Green Globes certification.


If you weren’t an architect, what would you be doing?

Running a winery in Sonoma, CA.


What would you go back and tell your 22 year old self?

Stop worrying so much, it will all work out just like it’s supposed to.


You’ve got one day in Columbus. What do you do?

Visit the Columbus Zoo with the family in the morning, pizza and ice cream lunch at Worthington Place, take a nap, and then date night with Scott in the Short North in the evening.


What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Spending time with Scott, Jackson, and Brooks is what I enjoy most. We like to travel, try new restaurants, and stay active both inside and outside.