Our Stories: Jennifer Aguirre, Scholarship Chair

Jennifer Aguirre began volunteering with Esperanza as a volunteer application reader over three years ago. She began her career as a Baltimore City Public Schools teacher and began organizing in her community to pass the Maryland Dream Act to allow undocumented high school students the opportunity to qualify for in-state tuition at all Maryland universities. After her experience as an organizer, she moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas to help start a new organization, The Cisneros Center for New Americans, as a founding fellow to create a welcoming committee framework for the immigrant community in Northwest Arkansas.
After her time there, she came back to Washington, DC to join the tech space and is currently at Syndio, a start-up working to dismantle pay equities across the nation. As a daughter of Mexican parents and growing up in a mixed status family, she is dedicated to ensuring all students, regardless of their status, have the opportunity to go to college with all the resources needed to successfully complete their education. Jennifer is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and received her MS in Education and Leadership at the John Hopkins University. She is also an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar and a Ricardo Salinas Scholar in 2015.