Jennifer Esparza joined Veterans Education Success in June 2020 after earning her law degree from Georgetown University, and was promoted to Legal Affairs Director in 2022. A 2018 Tillman Scholar, the premier academic fellowship awarded by the Pat Tillman Foundation to veterans, servicemembers and spouses, she also received the Exceptional Pro Bono Pledge Recognition from Georgetown Law. During law school, she chaired Georgetown’s Military Law Society and worked with the Military Commissions Defense Organization on the 9/11 case. She spent her last year of law school working in Georgetown’s Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic.
Esparza spent eleven years in the Marine Corps before leaving to pursue higher education. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a minor in Arabic. While in college, she established a Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) program to support student veterans at University of Oregon.
Coupling her experience with the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E), Esparza is committed to assisting veterans in their own academic goals.
In her spare time, she explores dog-friendly D.C. with her Vizslas, partner, and a camera.