Jesse Guecha was born in Muisca territory, what dominating culture calls Colombia, South America. He has mixed Muisca and colonizer ancestry and grew up on Coast Salish territory, in a small town 3 hours from Seattle. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in 2002 and has continued to live in Dxʷdəwʔabš (Duwamish) territory, also known as the greater Seattle area, since then.
Jesse’s career has spanned working in Healthcare IT as a technical writer, software designer and project manager, being a stay at home parent and working in the legal field. In the legal field he has clerked for the Chief Judge of Tulalip Tribal Court, worked as a legal assistant at a small private civil rights firm, worked as legal staff in criminal law at a county level, and worked as a paralegal and legal services manager in nonprofit civil legal aid. Jesse is also an alumni of the JustLead of Washington Leadership Academy 2021-2022 cohort.
.Jesse identifies as Indigenous, Latinx, immigrant, Two Spirit, transmasculine, and as a father to his two children. He enjoys Indigenous crafting, learning Powwow grass dancing, helping bring back his Indigenous language and being active in community, as well as spending time with family, spending time outdoors, baking, watching movies and enjoying time by a nice fire or by any body of water.