Jessica Estévez serves as Grants Manager for AFN. Jessica is passionately invested in empowering and developing inclusive leadership and management. Jessica’s background includes over 20 years creating and implementing educational and organizational capacity-building initiatives, fostering equitable spaces and thriving communities across the US and abroad. In her concurrent role as vice-president of Estrategia Group, she advises and develops strategies and solutions to non-profits, educational institutions, and businesses. Past and current clients include Goodwill, Girls Scouts, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Hispanic in Philanthropy, Rio Grande Valley Associated Care Organization.
In her previous position as the Community Tampa Bay programs director, Jessica led leadership and diversity programs that cultivated more than 5,000 area leaders, empowering strategies to 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 leads in her community with a “love without fear” philosophy, and endeavors to promote racial equality in community and civic engagement. She serves at the Institute for Community and Justice at Greenville College, building strategic and collaborative partnerships, and has served as a national fellow in the Community Leadership Network at The W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Her efforts earned her the USA Network Characters Unite Award in 2010. A certified trainer for the Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute, she is also a certified Strengths Coach for the Gallup School of Management. 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. She grows through travel and service with her family Edwin, Taina y Natalia.