Our Team

Jessie Stewart, MCRP

Executive Director

Jessie Stewart believes high quality education is critical to community health and transformation, and brings over a decade of experience at the intersection of education and community development to the Richmond Promise.  As Executive Director, Jessie provides leadership, fundraising, program coordination, and budget administration for the Richmond Promise Program. This includes building effective partnerships with community stakeholders and promoting a culture of collaboration and communication around a common vision for becoming a community where all Richmond young people experience a high quality education and graduate with the skills, resources and efficacy for college success.

Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, home of the groundbreaking Kalamazoo Promise, and educated in Kalamazoo Public Schools, Jessie knows great things can happen when a college-going culture becomes an ethos of a city. Prior to joining The Promise, Jessie served as National Director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Cities + Schools award-winning Y-PLAN (Youth-Plan, Learn, Act Now) Educational Initiative. As Y-PLAN National Director, Jessie built cross-sector partnerships and systems to engage schools and young people in a range of city and education policy issues across the nation. In this role, Jessie worked here in Richmond and the WCCUSD with city, school, district, community and business partners to plan and implement various projects with students and teachers at Kennedy, De Anza, and Richmond High.  Jessie began her career in education as a founding high school history teacher at Golder College Prep in Chicago, IL where she had the privilege of handing out diplomas to the school’s first graduating class.

Jessica Rodriguez

Associate Director of College Success

Being the daughter of an immigrant mother, it has been evident to Jessica that the many opportunities in her life were not a coincidence but the cumulative work of her mother and the community that stood behind her mother and her. Because of the support and love of her community, Jessica was able to attend UC Berkeley and most recently served as a New Sector RISE Fellow at First Place for Youth in Oakland doing child welfare public policy research and advocacy. Fitting with her experiences, Jessica believes that when a community unites for a common cause they are unstoppable, and she sees this opportunity coming to life in Richmond.

As the Policy and Program Manager, Jessica brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to working with underserved youth. Jessica is humbled to be working in collaboration with students, parents, teachers, and other community members and organizations as a community to create systems that effectively uplift and empower Richmond youth to reach their educational goals.

Gabriela Urías

College Access Coordinator

Educated through the West Contra Costa Unified School District, and a proud graduate of Richmond High, Gaby knows that students are wishful for opportunities and strives to advocate for students in helping them achieve their educational and career goals. As a Contra Costa College student who transferred to UC Berkeley, Gaby acknowledges that the path towards higher education is not always straightforward, but hopes to demystify the process to ensure students can make informed decisions about their education. A lifelong resident of Richmond, Gaby hopes to extend her personal and professional experience to remind the students of Richmond that anything is possible.

Summer Fellows

Emily Wolfson

Emily is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley majoring in Urban Studies with a minor in Education, and has been working with the Richmond Promise since May 2016. She has been involved in community and nonprofit work in the East Bay for three years and holds a strong passion for supporting college access and success. She is responsible for expanding and aligning the Richmond Promise’s network of resources to support our students in their journeys to and through higher education.

Tamajiea Videau

Emily is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley majoring in Urban Studies with a minor in Education, and has been working with the Richmond Promise since May 2016. She has been involved in community and nonprofit work in the East Bay for three years and holds a strong passion for supporting college access and success. She is responsible for expanding and aligning the Richmond Promise’s network of resources to support our students in their journeys to and through higher education.