Jessi Rodriguez
Jessi RodriguezAssociate Consultant

Jessi Rodriguez

Jessi Rodriguez is an associate consultant who 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.

Relevant Experience

  • Peace Corps Guatemala: While serving in the land of eternal spring, Jessi was part of a team that designed a grant to simultaneously support rural students and domestic abuse survivors through infrastructure development and capacity building.
  • UCP Wheels for Humanity: Jessi supported initiatives to create and strengthen opportunities for differently abled individuals worldwide.
  • Plan International Jordan: Jessi organized a high-level conference at the Dead Sea to increase coordination and harmonization between governments, international organizations, the United Nations and other service providers working with Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan.

Degree 

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.

Community involvement

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.

Fun Fact 

Jessi loves music and studied it for five years as a passionate interest; feel free to share some bangers with him!