Our Team

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Jessie Stewart, MCRP

Executive Director

Jessie brings over a decade of experience at the intersection of education and community development to the Richmond Promise. Prior to joining the Promise, Jessie served as National Director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Cities + Schools Y-PLAN (Youth-Plan, Learn, Act Now) Educational Initiative. As Y-PLAN National Director, Jessie built cross-sector partnerships 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.

As founding Executive Director, Jessie provides leadership, fundraising, program coordination, and budget administration for the organization.

“Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, home of the groundbreaking Kalamazoo Promise, and a proud graduate of Kalamazoo Public Schools, I know great things can happen when a college-going culture becomes an ethos of a city and higher education is a right for all, rather than a privilege for a few.”

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Jessica Rodriguez

Associate Director of Scholarships & Data

Being the daughter of an immigrant mother, it has been evident to Jessica that the opportunities in her life were not a coincidence but the cumulative work of her mother and community. With this love and support, Jessica attended UC Berkeley and previously served as a New Sector RISE Fellow at First Place for Youth focusing her work on child welfare public policy and advocacy.

As the Associate Director of Scholarships & Data, Jessica ensures that the organization is using data and building its scholarship operations centered on the student. When this is done effectively, targeted and necessary interventions can be provided to support students to and through college.
“I think when a community unites around a common cause, they are unstoppable. I see that coming to life in Richmond around education, and it’s a privilege to be a part of it.”

Miguel Molina

College Access Coordinator

Born and raised in the streets of Richmond, California, Miguel Molina is a graduate from Richmond High and most recently UC Davis. As a young adolescent growing up through a turbulent time period of gang violence, economic recession and infrastructural decay, Miguel understands the harsh conditions many communities like our own have suffered through. Miguel’s past work experience includes working as a mentor and instructional aide at Davis Senior High with ESL Students, and most recently as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with Richmond Promise as Communications and Outreach coordinator. He currently serves as our College Access Coordinator, outreaching to the community & school sites, as well as coordinating our access and awareness programs.

“I am motivated to work at Richmond Promise because I am able to provide support services to my community. As a first gen student I understand how difficult it is to gain access to and success in college. I am eager to provide our youth with the power and knowledge to thrive in higher education!”

Briana Quarles

Americorps VISTA College Success Coordinator

Briana was born and raised in the state of South Carolina. A graduate of the University of South Carolina (the REAL USC) with a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies with a Sociology cognate, Briana has the desire to dismantle barriers to excellent education for marginalized populations across the country. She’s served as an Americorps site coordinator and reading interventionalist for Reading Partners and spent two years as a Teach For America corps member teaching for Meeting Street Schools. She found her next opportunity to serve youth in the pursuit of a better education through Richmond Promise as the Americorps VISTA College Success Coordinator. She will also be attending Holy Names University in the pursuit of a Masters in Educational Therapy.

“I am motivated to work at Richmond Promise because I know how hard is to get into and stay in college as a first-generation college-going student. My hope is that I can provide scholarship recipients the support that I wish I had when I was in college, giving them that extra boost it takes to get through the experience.