Jessi Rodriguez works interdepartmentally to support a variety of external and internal efforts for JVA. Jessi’s primary responsibilities are supporting research and community engagement for the evaluation and engagement team; contributing content for federal, state and foundation grants for the grantwriting team; and researching and developing opportunities for new business with the business development team. He also provides bilingual (English/Spanish) translation and transcreation.
Jessi has five years of experience in community engagement and development ranging from community security development for college campuses, to refugee community development, to rural community health and economic development. His previous experience includes fieldwork completed in North and Central America and the Middle East. He has held the roles of safety escort, community and event organizer, public health educator and economic development facilitator. Before joining JVA, Jessi was a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Guatemala.
Jessi has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Riverside, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in international development from the University of Denver.
While an undergraduate, Jessi volunteered as a translator to help undocumented Latinos begin their U.S. citizenship paperwork and also volunteered as a safety escort to increase security on his college campus.
Jessi loves music and studied it for five years as a passionate interest; feel free to share some bangers with him!