Senior Vice President of External Affairs
Jessie began her tenure with CAF America in 2011, and currently serves as the Senior Vice President of External Affairs. In her current role, Jessie coordinates the offices of the Grants and Donor Services teams, Business Development team, and the Thought Leadership & Communications team. Jessie develops and executes services assisting donors with strategic grantmaking, philanthropy planning, and investing charitable assets. She is a leading expert in international grantmaking from the U.S. and Canada as well as in local country laws on foreign funding. She manages the grants team, overseeing fund management, charity vetting, and grant processing functions. In addition, she is managing the operations of our newest office, CAF Canada. Jessie completed her Masters in International Development program at American University in 2016, and she holds B.A. in Spanish and a B.S. in Anthropology, graduating summa cum laude from the honors college at Virginia Commonwealth University.
She also received a certificate in Nonprofit Executive Management at Georgetown University in early summer 2013. Jessie is fluent in Spanish and holds a Spanish Certificate of Translation and Interpretation from her alma mater. She is also certified in Anti-Money Laundering (AML/CFT) by the Society of Tax and Estate Professionals (STEP).
Prior to joining the CAF America staff, Jessie worked for 1.5 years as a volunteer visitor coordinator, tutor, and child caretaker at an orphanage in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. As the visitor coordinator, she successfully coordinated several orthopedic surgical brigades that serviced the home and the surrounding communities.
My desire to work with charitable organizations began as a child when I would help my Grandfather stuff envelopes for an annual direct mail fundraising campaign to fundraise for orphanages in Latin America. The opportunity to visit orphanages in Mexico and Guatemala when I was older further instilled in me this desire to help the less fortunate. I volunteered for 18 months at an orphanage in Honduras a few years ago. These life events have inspired me to continue this work by helping foreign nonprofits gain access to generous donors in the U.S.
Yessi. Inspired by Honduran children and a co-worker.
Book that moved me
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Something someone would be surprised to know about me
My two front teeth are fake!
Slogans for life
Life is long, and it is what you make it.
Playing guitar. And cooking!
Thing that really baffles me
Jellyfish. I think they might be aliens.
This changes. Right now, a hot bowl of pho with tofu!