Jes’s interests lie at the nexus of people and place, the potential for the two to interact and support one another. She explored this concept as a Peace Corps volunteer in both Gambia and the Republic of Georgia and has lived, studied and worked alongside social change makers with similar interests in Costa Rica, Tanzania, Cuba, Israel, Chicago, Washington DC and Santa Cruz, California — where she now calls home.
These experiences are Jes’s source of inspiration and have led her to working on issues of sustainable agriculture, environmental education, social justice and many others. Her role in these fields has ranged from research and advocacy to policy and development, but her passion is rooted in cultivating a world where coexistence and compassion are the norm. Jes has an MA in International Affairs and an MA in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development and spends her spare time doing yoga and biking everywhere and anywhere. She has a love for cross cultural interaction and supporting community leaders in realizing and fostering their dreams for a better world, and she strives to bring joy and hope to all situations she finds herself in.