Jessie began her tenure with CAF America in 2011 and serves as the Senior Vice President of External Affairs for CAF America and CAF Canada and is on the Management Committee of the CAF American Donor Fund. She is a leading expert in international grantmaking from the U.S. and Canada as well as in local country laws on foreign funding.
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.
Jessie completed her Masters in International Development at American University and holds a B.A. in Spanish and a B.S. in Anthropology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She earned a certificate in Nonprofit Executive Management from Georgetown University and holds a Spanish Certificate of Translation and Interpretation. She is certified in Anti-Money Laundering (AML/CFT) by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
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