Jesse is a recent Rutgers University graduate with a B.A. in Music. Prior to joining the Howard Gilman Foundation, Jesse interned with the Arts and Culture team at the Mellon Foundation and held varying research, editorial, and administrative support roles throughout college. She has contributed to projects researching African Americans and police brutality in Trenton, New Jersey, as well as her own independent research concerning Black History Education in New Jersey high schools. Jesse is a lifelong learner and attributes her accomplishments to the village that helped to raise and continues to nurture her. A pianist and singer since the age of seven, Jesse is passionate about being in collaboration with those who uplift, respect, and prioritize art and artists, and for that reason she is extremely proud to be joining the Howard Gilman team.
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A work is meaningful to me when I can feel how meaningful it is to those creating and presenting it. When an artist’s passion for their work is recognizable, I find myself with a deeper appreciation for the piece. I love walking away from a performance not being able to fathom how I ever went through life before having witnessed it.