Jessie is Co-Artistic Director of VaBang! Dance Company which she co-founded with Julia Sabangan in September 2007. She was born in Manhattan and grew up in San Rafael, CA. She began dancing at the age of three at Marin Ballet and continued her advanced training at Marin Dance Theatre and Vassar College.
She has had the privilege of performing works by such choreographers as Robert Battle, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Steve Rooks, Kathy Wildberger, Paul Mosley, Miriam Mahdaviani, Kim Dooley, Abby Saxon, Martha Tobias, Cynthia Pepper, Melinda Bach, Lynn Cox, Lynn Morton, Val Caniparoli, Larry Pech, David Palmer, and Annie Rosenthal. Jessie was also an elite rhythmic gymnast with Alair Rhythmics, placing 4th in the nation at the age of twelve. Jessie has performed with Labayen Dance/SF, Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre, Dynamic Revelations, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Berkeley Ballet Theater, and Robert Battle at Bates Dance Festival. Jessie has taught ballet, modern and jazz at RoCo Dance & Fitness, Marin Dance Theatre, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance.
Jessie earned her BA in Urban Studies and Hispanic Studies from Vassar College where she also danced and choreographed for Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre. It was there she met co-founder Julia Sabangan. Jessie received her MSc (Masters) in Environment and Development Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science in August 2007. She is a senior planner at the Regional Plan Association.