Jessie Stewart, MCRP
Jessie Stewart believes high quality education is critical to community health and transformation, and brings over a decade of experience at the intersection of education and community development to the Richmond Promise. As Executive Director, Jessie provides leadership, fundraising, program coordination, and budget administration for the Richmond Promise Program. This includes building effective partnerships with community stakeholders and promoting a culture of collaboration and communication around a common vision for becoming a community where all Richmond young people experience a high quality education and graduate with the skills, resources and efficacy for college success.
Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, home of the groundbreaking Kalamazoo Promise, and educated in Kalamazoo Public Schools, Jessie knows great things can happen when a college-going culture becomes an ethos of a city. Prior to joining The Promise, Jessie served as National Director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Cities + Schools award-winning Y-PLAN (Youth-Plan, Learn, Act Now) Educational Initiative. As Y-PLAN National Director, Jessie built cross-sector partnerships and systems 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.
Associate Director of College Success
Being the daughter of an immigrant mother, it has been evident to Jessica that the many opportunities in her life were not a coincidence but the cumulative work of her mother and the community that stood behind her mother and her. Because of the support and love of her community, Jessica was able to attend UC Berkeley and most recently served as a New Sector RISE Fellow at First Place for Youth in Oakland doing child welfare public policy research and advocacy. Fitting with her experiences, Jessica believes that when a community unites for a common cause they are unstoppable, and she sees this opportunity coming to life in Richmond.
As the Policy and Program Manager, Jessica brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to working with underserved youth. Jessica is humbled to be working in collaboration with students, parents, teachers, and other community members and organizations as a community to create systems that effectively uplift and empower Richmond youth to reach their educational goals.
Associate Director of Scholarships & College Access
Michael joins us from a variety of experiences in education. From teaching art, to assisting with special education interventions, to coaching high school soccer, he hopes to engage and connect with students using his diverse background.
Michael's own journey with college access began as a recipient of the HOPE scholarship, a fully funded scholarship for Georgia residents attending a local public university. Without this financial support, pursuing college would have been more challenging. Understanding the impact of this opportunity, Michael has dedicated his work to helping others achieve their educational goals.
As Associate Director of Scholarships & College Access, Michael is responsible for developing a streamlined and equitable scholarship process from start to finish, and leading our college access and outreach campaign with the goal of ensuring every eligible Richmond student is equipped with the information and resources to access this opportunity.
Born in San Mateo, but raised in Atlanta - Michael is excited to be back in the Bay Area serving the community and students of Richmond!
Emily is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley majoring in Urban Studies with a minor in Education, and has been working with the Richmond Promise since May 2016. She has been involved in community and nonprofit work in the East Bay for three years and holds a strong passion for supporting college access and success. She is responsible for expanding and aligning the Richmond Promise's network of resources to support our students in their journeys to and through higher education.
Tamajiea is a 2015 graduate from De Anza High School. She is currently an undergraduate student at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, majoring in Public Health. Tamajiea has been interning with the Richmond Promise since June 2016 and holds the responsibility of overseeing all social media campaigning and related student supports. Her interests include analyzing trends in the community and contributing to the wellness of youth.