Jess is joining the Jobs Council as the 2019-2020 Organizational Communications Intern from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Previously, she has worked as a residential worker for youth and young adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses. In this position, Jess saw how one of the greatest challenges to her clients’ success was finding a work placement when several barriers exist that hold them back. Jess believes that basic human rights include food security, safe and affordable housing, high quality healthcare, and sustainable jobs that empower individuals and lift them and their families out of poverty. Her work is inspired by her mother and grandmother who were community organizers in the immigrant Latinx community.
Jess’ first job was in college, being a resident assistant to a floor full of freshman students.