After receiving a bachelor of arts in art history and religious studies at DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana), Powers earned a master’s degree in religious studies at Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana) in 2015 with a focus on contemporary Asian art and culture. From 2016–2017, Powers worked at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Jade is currently an Assistant Curator at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
She spent the last year as the Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum. There she "created the first interpretative gallery guide ... to highlight works by African American artists in the museum's permanent collection, and worked with the curators of prints, drawings, and photographs and modern and contemporary art to research and create text for a recent gift to the institution of eighty-one abstract works of art by African American artists," notes an announcement. "Her responsibilities also included the implementation of public programs including, 'If It Wasn't for the Women,' as well as presenting gallery talks, guided tours, and creating a teacher workshop to help teachers add information about abstract art by African American artists to their curriculum."