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 at a young age when his parents led a group of students and him on a summer trip to Costa Rica.
In undergrad, he spent summers commercial fishing in Alaska and winters backpacking through South America and South East Asia. He also worked at the International Rescue Committee helping newly resettled refugees find employment in the Seattle area. 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, 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. He experienced first hand the learning and growth that can happen through travel and knew that he wanted to devote himself to making this possible for others.
Since living in Guatemala, Jesse has devoted his time to international education and travel, teaching in Vietnam and leading a number of summer and gap year programs throughout Latin-America and in the American Southwest. With each new experience, he strives to develop a more intimate relationship to land and always be open to learning from the people around him.
In his free time, Jesse is a percussionist, aspiring guitar player (still learning!), surfer, 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!