Jessica Ledesma

Challenge Scholars Assistant

jledesma@grfoundation.org

616.454.1751 x128

Joined the Community Foundation:
2014

Inspirational Quote:

Peace cannot exist without justice, justice cannot exist without fairness, fairness cannot exist without development, development cannot exist without democracy, democracy cannot exist without respect for the identity and worth of cultures and people.

Rigoberta Menchú Tum

What Jessica does:

Jessica works closely with Challenge Scholars staff and families, to support the initiative’s development and program goals.

What she did before:

Jessica was part of the inaugural class of the Latino Talent Development Program through Ferris State University. Since then, she has worked with Latino-led initiatives throughout Kent County. Jessica graduated from Cornerstone University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Leadership.

When Jessica’s not working:

She loves downing buckets of iced coffee, dancing to Latin music or having conversations with her brilliant six year old niece that negotiate her worldview. She also volunteers her time in a variety of Latino-led initiatives in West Michigan.

A few of Jessica's favorite things…

Nonprofit:
Latina Network of West Michigan
Place to send out-of-towners:
Fish Ladder
Place to eat or drink:
Tacos El Cuñado
Part of her job:
Having one-on-one, meaningful interactions with students

Jessica's Recent Posts

Shifting for Diversity and Inclusion

Can you recall a time you thought you had a great idea, a creative new approach, but when you shared that idea with others, it was quickly dismissed? When it comes to integrating diverse ideas, this is often the case.  Diverse ideas typically [...]

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