Our Stories: Jessica Torres, Mentor

Jessica was born and raised in Carson, CA by her two parents who migrated to the U.S. from Nicaragua and El Salvador. She moved to Washington, DC to attend Georgetown University, where she received a degree in International Political Economy. She later joined Teach for America and worked in DC Public Schools while working on her M.A. in Teaching from American University.

Jessica is an Education Program Specialist and a former PresidentialManagement Fellow with the Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) at the U.S. Department of Education (ED). She also serves on the board of ED’s Hispanic Employees Council.

Jessica Torres joined Esperanza in 2017 as a mentor. She became involved in Esperanza, because from personal experience she knows the importance of mentorship in first-generation students.