I am a passionate believer in the power of ideas! I strive to ensure that everything I do not only includes current best practices and sound theory, but also incorporates steps to practical application.
I have spent almost 20 years in the nonprofit sector navigating the relationships between nonprofit, government, and business as they work together to achieve common goals. I began my career in reproductive health education, family support services, and youth development. As a senior executive, I have overseen programs including extended school day programs, parent education services, youth and community leadership programs/classes, staff development, and violence prevention outreach and education. I have grown a department from a $300,000 annual budget to a $1.3-million budget through a proven track record of contract compliance, attention to providing scalable programs, and with my skills of building and developing trust and rapport with all parties involved.
I enjoy working side-by-side with the community, staff, and leadership to find solutions, implement effective services, and build organizational capacity. My favorite place to start is to review what is already right and working. This is the perfect place to build on because it empowers staff and builds upon strengths. In addition to program management, I have led successful community collaborations that included public services, business, and community members; developed staff training and assessments to prepare employees for the implementation of new systems, or to enhance their skills to improve the quality of services and productivity; and I have provided leadership in strategic planning processes. As a consultant, I have worked alongside a variety of organizations including nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies on nonprofit administration, curriculum development, ethics and accountability, legislative advocacy, and business development.
As a trainer and curriculum developer, my goal is for each participant to connect with the material presented in a way that is unique and useful for them. Education is only a powerful tool when people are able to incorporate what they have learned into their own practice. Investing in training and development is an investment in achieving your organization’s goals, whether they are serving the public good or increasing profits. It is important to measure the impact of that investment. This is best done by creating an evaluation plan side-by-side with your project, training, or business plan. Terms like “logic model,” and “activity-based evaluation” bring out the nerd in me and I embrace that because I find it gratifying to put thought and effort into evaluation so that organizations and businesses can then see the impact of their hard work!
Jessie holds a Master of Arts degree in nonprofit leadership and management from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Science degree in community health education from California State University, Chico. Currently, Jessie is pursuing certification in instructional design at San Diego State University.
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