Jesse-Katharine Owens was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She moved to Sewanee, Tennessee where her mother and father both attended the University of the South. Jesse graduated from Saint Andrew’s Sewanee School and followed her parents’ footprints attending the University of the South. After her freshman year, she decided she needed to spread her Sewanee wings. Jesse moved to Chattanooga and worked for the South Tennessee Legal Services, serving as a paralegal. She worked with people who could not afford attorneys, specifically with child custody cases. Jesse ended up moving back to Sewanee for a few months where she decided she was going to attend NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School.) She left for India, where she hiked for 3 months and stayed with a woman’s self-help community, working in the fields, growing food, etc… She then flew to Cape Town, South Africa for 3 months where she tutored young children in the neighborhood in which she grew up. The Bo-Kaap was a place near and dear to her heart because this was a second home to her family. After time abroad, Jesse returned to the US and worked in retail management at Mountain Outfitters before moving to Athens, GA to finish her degree from Piedmont University from which she graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Jesse was excited to join the Sewanee Summer Music Festival as the Office Programs Specialist in 2021 and specifically enjoys her work focusing on community development by enriching the lives of many through their attendance and commitment to the Festival. She is looking forward to the SSMF 65th Anniversary in 2022 and believes it is going to be an incredible summer season.