Jesse brings a wealth of valuable experience, a humming dynamo of energy, and a deep love of community to our institution. In her presentation to the executive board, she said:
“After the recent election, I made a vow that I would activate, and find meaningful and impactful work. The environment and education are the areas I feel deeply compelled to support. The power of teaching kids through direct contact with nature coupled with explorative play and guided inquiry, is what I believe makes Biocitizen such a potent antidote to the state of education and society right now. I am certain that this type program is needed and will be embraced by the parents in Northeast LA (Echo Park, Silverlake, Atwater Village, Highland Park, Los Feliz, etc.) I see great potential for expanding Biocitizen LA because this type of experience for the kids is essential, especially at this time. Our planet needs thinking and feeling stewards. I would love to be the person who brings the mission of Biocitizen to Los Angeles.
I feel that I am uniquely poised to expand Biocitizen in LA and I know first hand that the interest is there, and how this community works and thinks, and know how to get things done in this city.
As the mother of a boy who has spent all of his academic life in the public schools of Los Angeles, I have witnessed apathy, and shared with fellow parents our dismay at the lack of environmental exposure and the absence of rigor around critical thought and contextual learning, therefore I am so grateful for the opportunity to represent such a unique and necessary idea. I believe the Echo Park neighborhood, and the Greater Northeast LA area, with it’s diversity of climate, culture, and people could be a perfect launching pad for Biocitizen LA.”