Hi everyone! My name is Jesseca Myers, and I’m the new Development and Events Manager at Generation Hope. I’m so excited to hit the ground running with you all! My grandparents moved to New York from Nicaragua, but I grew up in the mountains of Pennsylvania. I might have been the only girl who grew up with a Nicaraguan mama and Amish neighbors. I had the best of both worlds: whoopie pies and nacatamales!
I transferred from Harrisburg Area Community College to Mansfield University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and studied political science. Fueled by an interest in sustainable development, I earned a Masters of International Development in 2011 and went on to join AmeriCorps; working in college access for low-income and first generation students in St. Louis, Missouri. After leaving St. Louis, I worked on the advocacy side of politics, traveling from Philadelphia to Los Angeles to help elect candidates to Congress that truly understand the importance of education equity. Wanting to put my energy back into non-profit education advocacy, I found a home with Generation Hope and am excited about joining a team that recognizes the importance of education as a tool for empowerment and a way to end generational poverty.
When I’m not working, I can be found at your nearest FroYo filling my cup with as much chocolate as possible, cheering on the Philadelphia Phillies, chasing around my niece, jammin’ to country music, running with my two labs, and exploring the DMV with my friends!