BlueRio Strategies: Founder

ABOUT LaCosta:


Jessi LaCosta is a CCE Board Certified Coach, leadership, and resilience advisor. She focuses on fostering leadership potential, and maximizing resiliency in individuals and organizations. Her background includes 20+ years working across public, private and non-profit sectors in strategic communications, program development, individual transformation and organizational effectiveness. Her education in Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), has equipped LaCosta with a deepened insight into managing crisis and conflict along with developing people to their fullest potential.

She was one of the first in the United States to use IPNB along with brand development, conflict management and coaching to develop programs, build businesses and improve upon leadership processes.


With an extreme dedication to sustainable impact and adaptive and responsive support, LaCosta works tirelessly to help her clients, friends, colleagues and causes that improve the world.  She has volunteered at nonprofits that help survivors of domestic violence as an advocate, as well as to assist in training police cadets in San Diego; volunteered for Arts organizations; the Diabetes Association in Delaware; various animal rescues, and several other nonprofit groups.  LaCosta has offered pro bono coaching (herself and through her BlueRio Institute’s graduates) to US military veterans for more than 10 years. And EVERY year, LaCosta accepts two pro-bono consulting or coaching clients as well as two on a sliding scale basis.

Awards & Experience


 LaCosta sat on the Board of Directors (in various positions) for GAINS (Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies) for seven years, was the VP of Marketing and Membership for the San Diego Organizational Development Network for three years. Before that she was a member of the University of Baltiore’s Alumni Board of Directors.

In 2013 she was chosen by San Diego Metro Magazine as one of 20 Women Who Impact San Diego. LaCosta received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition “​In recognition of your dedication to support our veterans and their families.”  She is also the recipient of both the H. Mebane Turner Service and the Thomas J. Pullen Outstanding Young Alumna Awards from the University of Baltimore.

LaCosta now resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has been featured in local, regional and national media.


Education & Training


  • Certified Crisis Management & Communication Professional (CMCP): ICOR-The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience
  • CCE-Board Certified Coach: Career, Leadership and Resilience Coaching
  • ICF ACC (Associate Certified Coach)
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology Certificate of Completion: Portland State University
  • Certified Resilience Coach: Driven
  • Trained to offer resilience training and coaching to First Responders: Driven
  • Conflict Resolution Certificate of Completion: Conflict Resolution Network
  • Certified Transition Writing Specialist: Writing Through Transitions®
  • Certified Modern Classroom Trainer: Logical Operations
  • Art of Convening Certificate: Center for Purposeful Leadership
  • Certified Mediator: California: North County Lifeline
  • MA., Communications Design: University of Baltimore
  • BS., Corporate Media: James Madison University

On a personal note, she is a survivor of a carjacking at gunpoint and several other personal challenges that she feels has built resiliency in her. Through relational neuroscience, she has experienced first-hand the human capacity to heal and grow. She is trained in trauma recovery, as well as leadership development, resilience training, conflict management and more. LaCosta is an advocate for fair, systemic change when it is needed. She often seeks to meet at the nexus of opposing ideas to bring mutual understanding and growth among people of different ideologies and approaches — when there is potential for sustainable, positive impact

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