Jessie joined IWHC as a Program Officer for International Partnerships in April 2014. She brings over a decade of experience working in the field of sexual and reproductive rights and health. Prior to joining IWHC, Jessie worked as a Program Officer for Adolescents with International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR). She focused primarily on helping IPPF/WHR Member Associations in Latin America and the Caribbean to deliver and advocate for comprehensive sexuality education and youth-friendly services, including access to safe abortion. Jessie also worked for Catholics for Choice in its International Partnerships Division and volunteered for the Batey Relief Alliance in the Dominican Republic.
Jessie holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. She speaks Spanish.