Extra Mile Award Nominee of the Month: Jesse Pikorz

January 16, 2019

Jesse Pikorz is an Evaluation Analyst at the Educational Partnership Center (EPC). He analyzes data from schools around the county, creating reports and managing the Center’s database, ultimately to help disadvantaged students succeed in postsecondary education.

Jesse was recently recognized for going out of his way in supporting his graduate student colleagues that the Center hires to assist with their work. He was commended for his work in establishing their onboarding processes and ensuring they felt part of the team.

Jesse attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison for his undergraduate degree, and John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill for graduate school, before arriving in Santa Cruz. While in college, Jesse performed data analysis for a study on memory, stress, and depression, and worked on statistical modeling for a study on neural potentials in epilepsy patients. Jesse’s passion for theories of human consciousness led to his graduate these entitled, “Process & the Brain: The Origins of Reflexive Consciousness.” Additionally, as a genderqueer-identified employee, he taught workshops on the transgender experience in the workplace, to increase safety and awareness of transgender issues.

Jesse lives in Santa Cruz and when he’s not working, he’s writing and marketing his latest music as “Jesse Paradox,” or binge-watching true crime shows.

Thank you, Jesse, for going the extra mile!