Mr. DeJesus is a program officer for Higher Education Opportunity Programs (HEOP) at the New York State Education Department (NYSED). There, he serves as a coordinator for HEOP and as a liaison to the HEOP institutions throughout the state. Prior to Mr. DeJesus’ role at NYSED, he worked as an analyst with Empire State Development’s Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development where he was instrumental in assisting New York State agencies in procuring with minority and women owned business enterprises (MWBEs) as well as certifying hundreds of small businesses as state-certified MWBEs. He also has a long history of working in education having held roles as an adjunct history professor, director of an intercultural diversity program at a private liberal arts college, and several roles in Residence Life. His passion for serving disadvantaged communities is not only evident in the career fields he has chosen but also through his volunteer service to his community and the furthering of his studies. While working full time and NYSED, Mr. DeJesus is also a fourth year doctoral student pursing a degree in education policy at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. There he is focusing on K-16 education policies as they relate to opportunity programs and black male academic achievement.
Areas of expertise: higher education opportunity programs, minority and women-owned business development, intercultural diversity programs, education policy, black male academic achievement