B.A. Diplomacy and World Affairs, Occidental College
A Pacific Northwest native, Jesse grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington and discovered his love for travel at a young age. He comes from a family of educators who have always thrived together on outdoor adventures. His initial interest in Latin America came from a summer EcoTeach trip to Costa Rica led by his parents when he was in 4th grade.
In undergrad, Jesse spent summers commercial fishing in Alaska and winters backpacking through South America and Southeast Asia. He also worked at the International Rescue Committee helping newly resettled refugees find employment in the Seattle area. During his senior year, Jesse studied abroad in Buenos Aires and received an independent research grant that allowed him to spend a month in Cochabamba province to study Bolivian labor migration to the United States for his senior thesis.
After graduating from college, Jesse served a year as a Princeton in Latin America fellow in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala working for a local non-profit that supports the rights of people with disabilities. While in Guatemala, he also volunteered time working for a community tourism organization, translating tours so that local people could share their history and stories with tourists. Last summer, he led an abroad program for The Experiment in International Living in Argentina. He then moved to Vietnam and spent 6 months teaching English in Hanoi before returning to Latin America to begin working with Dragons.
Jesse is also a percussionist, ultimate frisbee player, and lover of all things active. If there is a game to be had, he wants to be a part of it!