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Jesse joined College Forward in November 2021 after serving as the director of college persistence at KIPP Texas Public Schools. In this role, he led the implementation of the post-secondary success strategic plan at one of the largest KIPP public school charter management organizations in the nation, serving 28 schools and 14,500 students.

Jesse comes with extensive experience in college access and college success at both secondary and post-secondary institutions. Before working at KIPP, he was the assistant director of multicultural affairs and leadership at Rice University. Prior to his tenure at Rice, Jesse was the director of enrichment services at Columbia University in the City of New York. In both roles he designed and implemented strategies around college retention, academic progress and success, and professional development for undergraduate students.

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