Jesse’s interest in the IHRC stems from her passion for cross-cultural exchange. At the University of California, Santa Barbara, she majored in Global Studies and minored in Spanish. Her intellectual curiosity led her to study abroad for a year in Chile at the Universidad Católica de Chile.  She explored Latin American and human rights studies and strengthened her Spanish language skills. 

Following Jesse’s year in Chile, she worked at a non-profit organization, Amigos de las Américas, as a project supervisor for the cultural immersion program in Costa Rica. She engaged in cross-cultural collaboration with youth volunteers, partner agencies, and community members. Jesse’s experience there laid the groundwork for her urge to connect with and learn from those on the frontline. She looks forward to furthering her global understanding with the IHRC and particularly hopes to explore the intersection of environmental and human rights law. 

While at USC Gould, Jesse was a 1L Representative for the National Lawyers Guild, Public Interest Law Foundation, and Energy and Environmental Law Society. She volunteered at the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Center and the Los Angeles Country Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Prevention Project. Jesse is currently the Vice President of the Energy and Environmental Law Society.  During her 1L summer, she worked as a legal intern for the Public Interest Network.

“I am passionate about collaborating with communities to understand the nuances of their experience and different legal forms. The opportunity for cross-cultural exchange, hands-on impact, and life changing work is why I am so excited about this clinic.”