DA Brazil Vice Chair

Jessica Espadas is Cuban/American and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. At the age of 14 she began what would become a lifetime of moving.

The first stop, Recife, Brazil, from there Washington DC, Brasilia and finally Athens, Georgia where she graduated from the University of Georgia in Public Relations and Romance languages.
After working with the International Press Center of the City of Atlanta during the 1996 Olympic Games, she moved to São Paulo with her husband and their new baby daughter Gabriela. In São Paulo, she worked in publishing at Macmillan Press and Oxford University Press, as Marketing Manager. With the birth of Isabela, came their move to Lima, Peru. In Lima Jessica enjoyed being a full time mother.
Yet another move for the family took them to Madrid, Spain at the time when President Obama won his first term…an election where Jessica first voted from abroad. She was also an active volunteer at the American School of Madrid while pursuing her interest in Art History at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Back to São Paulo and from there to Atlanta, Georgia where her extended family had settled. In Atlanta she became increasingly interested in politics and had the privilege of listening to the late John Lewis speak at the Women’s March in 2017.  In Atlanta she was also witness to the political energy moving through the state with the inspiring Stacey Abrams at the helm.  Now back in São Paulo, Jessica is eager to keep Georgia blue for the upcoming midterms and encourage all Democrats abroad to roll up their sleeves and vote in 2022!