Jess was selected for the Board of Directors in December 2014 representing the Southeastern District to fill a vacant seat. He was then elected in December 2015.
Jess and his wife along with his family operate a commercial cow/calf and yearling operation in Custer and Fallon counties. He is a member, past director and past president of the Southeastern Montana Livestock Association. He is active on his local 4-H council and 4-H Livestock Committee.