Today, we are getting to know Jesse Avila.
What is your current role and how long have you been at Georgetown?
I am currently the associate director of recruitment and admissions, managing the Executive Master’s in Leadership (EML) program and the technology for the executive degree team. I also am a student in Georgetown’s Evening MBA program. I have been at Georgetown since 2009 as a student (I’m a GU undergrad alumnus) and staff member. My first job on campus was as an undergrad with GU’s Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and Technology.
What has been the most rewarding part about working at Georgetown?
The most rewarding part about working at Georgetown has been seeing and hearing about how our programs help transform the lives of our students both personally and professionally. Our programs challenge and stretch our students to reach new heights or enter new arenas and to ultimately better themselves and those around them. One of my most memorable experiences was seeing how the first cohort of students I recruited used their knowledge and experience to develop a philanthropic venture to help some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.
You mentioned that you just got back from a trip. Where did you go?
I spent a week in Lima, Peru, as part of my MBA Global Business Experience and a week in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for vacation. If you are a foodie, I highly recommend that you visit Peru. If you are a self-proclaimed wine connoisseur, I highly recommend Argentina.
What do you enjoy doing during your free time?
With work and school, there is no free time! I recently got an AMC Stubs subscription, so I have recently been seeing quite a few movies. I also enjoy reading, hiking, and exploring new restaurants.
What book are you reading right now?
I recently started reading “The President Is Missing,” a political thriller told from the perspective of a U.S. president. It’s a collaboration between James Patterson and Bill Clinton.