A son of Mexican immigrants, Jesús Andrade grew up working for the family business, a company that specialized in training and managing hundreds of migrant workers for cherry and tomato harvests.
The first in his family to attend college, Jesús enrolled at Sacramento State University, would go on to be Student Body President and graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy in 2007.
After college, Jesús landed a public policy fellowship in the California State Assembly with the Capital Fellows Programs, named one of the top 10 internships in the nation. Later Jesús was selected by, a national Latino organization looking to improve quality of life for Latinos, to focus on economic development and education issues.
As a parent with children in charter schools, Jesús saw charter schools as a viable solution to the lack of choices parents have in inner-city neighborhoods. He witnessed students in the inner city receiving excellent academic instruction, despite the arguments they lacked any opportunities.
This eye-opening experience led Jesús to join the team at StudentsFirst, an educational advocate organization founded by former chancellor of Washington D.C. public schools, Michelle Rhee. StudentsFirst focus was to put the needs of students before those of adults in education. He would later work for the California Charter School Association, educating parents and students about the barriers to education reform and what they could do to change the system that was failing kids across the state.
Jesús success in business development with the Hispanic community found him at the helm of the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. As CEO, Jesús expanded membership and programs, and landed Stockton as the host city for the 2019 California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Convention.
Jesús currently serves on the Stockton City Council, while running his local business development consulting firm.