Jesse joined Valley Vision in 2020 as a Project Associate, focusing on the organization’s 21st Century Workforce and Clean Economy impact areas. He helps in advancing various workforce development partnerships, such as the Strong Workforce Program and Future of Work. Simultaneously, Jesse supports the long-standing Cleaner Air Partnership and state-funded Sacramento Neighborhoods Activating on Air Quality program.
Prior to joining the Valley Vision team, Jesse participated in the Governors Office’s Executive Fellowship program, where he coordinated workforce development and racial equity research projects with executive staff at the State Water Resources Control Board. During his undergraduate and graduate career, Jesse facilitated research and coalition work with various food justice nonprofit organizations and alongside transition-age youth, houseless veterans, and formerly incarcerated workers.
Affiliations & Awards
- American Planners Association, Sacramento Valley Section, Member (2020 – Present)
- Planting Justice, Volunteer (2018 – Present)
Bachelor’s degree in Geography – University of California, Los Angeles
Master in Urban and Regional Planning – University of California, Los Angeles
Running with my dog, Melvin, back in my hometown of Norwalk, CA. Learning of cultural foodways with gardening and cooking. Sharing stories of Mexico and learning Spanish with family. Staying up to date on news and music while drinking tea.