Jesus is a first generation Mexican American. He received his associate’s degree from Bronx Community College (BCC), becoming the first male in his family to complete an associate’s degree. At BCC, he participated in the ASAP program, serving as a student leader within the program. He was president of the political science club and member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He transferred to CCNY as a recipient of the Guttmann Transfer Scholarship to major in political science and a minor in Portuguese. In his free time he enjoys listening to Brazilian music and playing soccer.