ThirdPath (3)Jessica DeGroot – Founder and President
Jessica founded ThirdPath Institute so employees at all stages in their lives could follow a “third path” – one that allows success at work while creating time and energy for their lives outside of work. Starting with “shared care,” Jessica, with the help of her staff, developed a variety of resources for parents interested in sharing in the care of their children while also both earning an income.  Since then, ThirdPath’s work has expanded to provide support to “whole life leaders” – leaders who have succeeded at work while also carving out time for their lives outside of work. These progressive leaders are now working with Jessica to design truly 21st Century Workplaces where everyone – from entry level to executive level – can create an integrated approach to work and life. Jessica and ThirdPath Institute have been featured in national media and radio shows, including Fortune, Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Working Mother, New York Times Magazine, and Fast Company. After completing her undergraduate degree at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, Jessica received her MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where she co-founded the Wharton Work/Life Roundtable.  She’s published articles in The Harvard Business Review, Sloan Work and Family Encyclopedia, The American Woman 2003-2004, and is co-author of the Wharton Work/Life Resource Guide.  Jessica and her husband live in Philadelphia and have always shared in the care of their two children, and now share in the care of their aging parents.


David Rogers – Administrative Coordinator and Executive Assistant
David provides a wide array of critical support, making sure operations run smoothly, expanding ThirdPath community connections and helping Jessica manage a thriving organization. In addition to his role at ThirdPath, David is a Stay-At-Home Dad–he is primary caregiver of his two children to support his wife’s career as a Human Geneticist. During his time as an At-Home Dad, David has held various roles on the board of The National At-Home Dad Network, a non-profit serving families where the father is the primary caregiver. David is also active in his childrens’ PTSA, serving as treasurer and vice president. David is committed to working for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and has served on related committees for both the NAHDN and the PTSA. Prior to having children, David was a Developmental Geneticist with an MS in Developmental Genetics, BAs in Biology, Psychology, and Theater, and a BS in Psychology. He and his family live in San Diego, CA.


Lindsay A. King – Director of Marketing and Community Relations
Lindsay helps ThirdPath expand and strengthen its community connections and oversees the execution of key processes that promote ThirdPath’s growth and success. Prior to ThirdPath, Lindsay earned a PhD from the UCLA Department of History, where she researched the history of masculinity, journalism, and European Jews. She then worked for multiple nonprofit organizations, supporting programming, fundraising, and community building projects. Lindsay became involved with ThirdPath after “accidentally” choosing to share care of her children with her husband, after which she became interested in meeting more families and individuals who were making the same decision. In addition to her work at ThirdPath, she is an arts and culture writer, with a particular love for dance, and she writes the blog Double Fourteen about her experience working from home and sharing care. Lindsay lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and two young sons.


Melissa Davidson – Director of Operations and Programs
Melissa oversees internal operations and learning programs, including leading our Integrated Life Advocate community – the professionals individuals and families turn to when they need help around their work-life balance goals. Prior to joining ThirdPath, Melissa worked in Early Childhood Education. She began as a classroom teacher and eventually became a regional manager overseeing 11 child care centers in the Metro DC area. Melissa then began a family-life coaching and consulting practice providing services to parents and child care centers. Melissa and her husband live in Northern, VA with their two children. Melissa and Brian have used ThirdPath resources to help find a Shared Care approach that allows each to work outside of the home, spend one-on-one time with their children and play together as a family. The Davidsons enjoy nightly family dinners and listening to music that includes everyone’s eclectic tastes. Melissa has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Pennsylvania, a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University and is a certified professional coach.


Sergio A. Rosario Diaz – Marketing and Social Media Coordinator
Sergio’s activities with ThirdPath encompass marketing and communications. In particular Sergio is helping grow ThirdPath’s social media presence and building a strong network in the virtual community. Sergio is a musician, educator, and entrepreneur, husband to an U.S. Army officer and proud father of a school-aged daughter. Director of Proyecto Piquete, a band who focuses on folkloric rhythms from Puerto Rico and oral history through music. All of Sergio’s projects rely heavily on the support of the social media community. In addition to sharing in the care of his daughter and the work he does with ThirdPath, Sergio will continue to lead a few projects including, Soy Super Papa, a community with the mission of empowering fathers that focus on highlighting their roles in society and within the family, “Drumming with Vets”, and drumming workshops for dads and kids.



Our Mission

Assist individuals, families and organizations in finding new ways to redesign work to create time for family, community and other life priorities. Develop a growing community of individuals, leaders and organizations to influence wider change - both within organizations and at the public policy level. Support a new mind-set where everyone can follow a "third path" - an integrated approach to work and life.

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ThirdPath Institute
P.O. Box 9275, Philadelphia PA 19139
Phone: 215.747.8790
Email: time4life (at)