Jess was born and raised in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood under a Mexican, Spanish-speaking household. As the oldest of three, Jess grew up loving to help others. Prior to Fusion, Jess worked in the sports retail world with both Nike and Adidas (at different times), and later shifted to the non-profit world, working with unaccompanied minors from Central America as a caretaker.
Jess attended the City College of New York and was the first from both family sides to graduate and attain a bachelor’s degree. While in college, Jess was a student- athlete all four years, competing in soccer and indoor track & field. FUN FACT: Jess still holds her school record for the fastest time in the 800M and 1000M races!
Outside of Fusion, Jess is a dog mom to an almost 4 year- old pug named Rocco. Jess is also back in school, currently working on her Master’s degree in Bilingual Childhood Education at the City College of New York to become a certified bilingual teacher.