Jessie has worked in global health and human rights for over 20 years, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice. She has extensive experience in philanthropy, grantmaking, and program design and evaluation. Deeply committed to meaningfully engaging local communities to address structural and systemic barriers to social change, Jessie leverages her skills in listening to, learning from, and co-creating solutions with local partners to advance human rights. She has worked with civil society organizations, governments, research institutions and activists in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.
For eight years, Jessie led the design and implementation of a multi-million dollar grantmaking program to advance women’s rights at the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC). She oversaw programming for over 45 grantee partners in approximately 20 countries. During her time at IWHC, she drove a 66% increase in the grantmaking budget, and expanded the portfolio into new regions and thematic areas. Following the June 2021acquisition of IWHC by Fós Feminista – an intersectional feminist alliance advancing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women, girls, and gender-diverse people - Jessie has served as the senior executive charged with integrating IWHC programming into the new Alliance. Prior to IWHC,Jessie worked as a Program Officer for International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), where she provided distance and on-site capacity building support on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights to partners Associations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
A native English speaker, Jessie has full professional fluency in Spanish. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. She lives in New York City with her partner and two kids.