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Jessica Rodriguez-Montegna
Program Director , Government program
Granada, Spain
15+ years of success spearheading transformative projects and programs in US, Latin America, and Europe. Influential leader with acute entrepreneurial acumen and expertise in building, empowering, and leading high-performing teams. Acute policy and communications strategist. Bilingual Spanish/English. Seeking short term and permanent assignments. Can relocate
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Government/Governance, Reforms
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Result-driven professional with 15+ years of success spearheading transformative research projects and programs, leading multicultural teams across regions in development and implementation of strategies to transform communities and institutions. Expertise in legislative affairs, policy development and analysis, and communications strategies. Adept at conflict transformation and media and stakeholder relations. Proven track record of compliance with constantly evolving state, federal, and international regulations. Influential leader with acute entrepreneurial acumen and expertise in building, empowering, and leading high-performance teams with compassion and transparency. Articulate businessperson, able to forge lasting relationships with key internal and external stakeholders to foster collaborative partnerships across multiple operations. Expert at intersectional approaches to research and program implementation. Bilingual in Spanish/English.
Dual Doctor of Philosophy, Migration Studies and Political Science(expected Spring 2021). University of Granada, Spain & Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium
Dissertation research: Civic and Political Leadership of Immigrant Women

Master of Arts, Conflict Transformation, SIT Graduate Institute, Vermont, U.S.A.
Thesis: The Re-Victimization of Women: How the globalization of mediation has impacted the victims of Domestic violence in Nicaragua

Double Bachelor of Arts, Communications & Psychology, Dallas Baptist University, Texas, U.S.A.
Affiliations and Achievements:
Ph.D. Fellow, Research Center on Gender, Diversity, and Intersectionality, Brussels, Belgium
& Migration Institute, Granada, Spain February 2017 – Present

Build worldwide network in migrant and refugee policies, intersectionality, racial justice, and community development. Established international research coordination with scholars from Belgium, Spain, Latin American, and United States.
• Conducted qualitative and quantitative analysis with people of immigrant origin in United States.
• Publication of book chapter, “Igniting Political Representation in Times of Threatening Rhetoric: Voices from Women of Immigrant Origin” in upcoming book, Gender Equity and Political Development.
• Presented research at 15+ international conferences.

Project Manager, Oregon Consensus – National Policy Consensus Center, Portland State University, Oregon, U.S.A. October 2011 – October 2016

Managed projects integrating marginalized populations into democratic processes, building partnerships with leaders from vulnerable communities to foster collaboration on transformative policy. Analyzed results from stakeholder interviews to develop reports and recommendations to improve services. Built and mentored multicultural, cross-functional team, overseeing program and financial outcomes. Mediated high conflict discussions among diverse sets of stakeholders.
• Supervised 20+ senior contractors, associate staff, and student interns, and their project budgets.
• Established and implemented project evaluation framework for long-term projects.
• Negotiated and managed cooperative agreements, contracts, and grants of $1M+ with community organizations, state and federal agencies, and other public entities.
• Led mutually beneficial cost-effective negotiations with inter-governmental agencies and administered contracts worth $500k+.

Latino Program Manager, Rural Development Initiatives, Oregon, U.S.A February 2008 – August 2010

Managed volunteer trainers, including students, across rural northwestern communities, developing and enforcing policies, procedures, and program management controls. Mentored staff, creating work plans, allocating assignments, and reviewing overall performance by establishing and implementing evaluation process. Played key role in developing programs in Latinx communities across rural Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Spearheaded development and implementation of training materials for multi-level learners in Spanish and English. Provided technical support and grant administration to field-led projects.
• Grew funding for Latino programs by more than 50% by leveraging interrelationships with philanthropic entities and private donors.
• Trained 500+ rural community members, in Spanish and English, on leadership, community development, organizational development, economic development, and conflict resolution.

Rural Health and Sanitation Volunteer, Peace Corps, El Salvador February 2004 – February 2006

Developed evidence-based solutions to community needs in partnership with local leaders. Established partnerships with diverse stakeholders across the country, analyzing constraints to development and recommended courses of action. Coordinated program development, implementation, and performance monitoring plans with national and international agencies, managing cooperative agreements between community and agencies.
• Planned, developed, and facilitated training sessions to guide 30+ rural community leaders in establishing vision and strategic plan for community development needs.
• Conveyed community’s mission and needs to funders, policy-makers, and constituents, obtaining, and managing grants to fund infrastructure projects.
• Developed lessons and taught 50+ high school students on STEM subjects while including a gender equity framework.

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    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Spanish, American Sign Langugage
    United States
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