The son of Mexican immigrants, Jesús Andrade grew up working for his family’s agricultural business. A successful company, they specialized in training and managing hundreds of migrant workers for cherry and tomato harvests.
The first in his family to attend college, Jesús not only enrolled at Sacramento State University, but he was elected Student Body President. He proudly graduated 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 whose goal was improving the quality of life for Latino families by focusing on economic development and education issues.
As a parent with children in charter schools, Jesús saw charter schools as a proven solution to the lack of choices parents have in inner-city neighborhoods. Despite the false arguments that poor students lack any opportunities, he witnessed inner-city students succeed due to their excellent charter school instruction.
The eye-opening charter school experience led Jesús to join the team at StudentsFirst, an educational advocacy organization founded by former Washington D.C. public schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee. Subsequently, he worked for the California Charter School Association . . . an organization that educated parents and students about the barriers to education reform and how they could change the system that was failing our kids across the state.
Jesús’s success in business development with the Latino community later found him at the helm of the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. As CEO, Jesús expanded its membership and programs along with landing Stockton as the host city for the 2019 California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Convention.
Elected in 2016, Jesús currently serves on the Stockton City Council while he runs his own business development consulting firm. He’s been married to his wife, Andrea, for eight years and they have three beautiful children.