Jessica Estevez

Jessica Estevez


Year Started at GU: 2015
Phone: 813-361-5283
Areas of Responsibility:

Servant Leader of the Institute for Community and Justice


BA. Latin American Studies, Education and Business, Mount Holyoke College, 1996

MBA, Heller School of Managaement, Brandeis University, 1998

About Jessica Estevez

     Jessica Estévez can walk into a room filled with people beset with racial, gender and cultural biases and reduce the tension like a bomb expert diffuses an explosive.

      For decades, Jessica has passionately invested her diversity education skills in facilitating team building and strategic management sessions for thousands of nonprofit, K-12, higher education and corporate audiences.

     Her transformative leadership makes her an expert at creating equitable spaces and helping communities thrive. Under Jessica’s guidance, individuals ask difficult questions but eventually build bridges that foster dialogue and successfully transform families, teams and corporations. 

     The W.K. Kellogg Foundation recently chose Jessica to serve as a national fellow for its Community Leadership Network. In that role, she uses her “love without fear” philosophy to promote community and civic engagement and racial equality.

     In her previous position as the Community Tampa Bay programs director, Jessica managed leadership and diversity programs that cultivated more than 5,000 area leaders, empowering them to take on the challenges of social injustice.

     Her work drew the attention of a United Nations Intergovernmental Working Group, which invited her to present on the nonprofit’s trademarked “ANYTOWN” program in Geneva, Switzerland. 

     Jessica’s efforts earned her the USA Network Characters Unite Award in 2010. She’s also a certified trainer for the Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute and a certified strength coach for the Gallup School of Management.

She traces her passionate work back to Greenville College, where she established the first multicultural and cross-cultural programs. Born in New York and raised in the Dominican Republic, Jessica holds a Masters of Management from Brandeis University and a Bachelors of Arts from Mount Holyoke College, where she graduated at the age of 19.

As the current vice-president of Estrategia Group, Jessica uses her collaborative management skills to help the consulting firm provide ideas, strategies and solutions to non-profits, educational institutions and businesses.

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