Jesse Kellner

Jesse KellnerAssistant Director, Employer & Business Development

Jesse brings a unique breadth and depth of experience to his role on Smith’s employer development team. To create and deepen partnerships with organizations seeking top business school talent at both the undergraduate and master's levels, he leverages over 15 years of experience in leadership, sales, and business development.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Washington Bible College before serving in vocational ministry at both established and emerging communities of faith. Thereafter, Jesse transitioned into the sales and business development space, culminating in over 10 years as a commercial real estate broker in the Annapolis, Md., market. His experience interfacing with top-level decision-makers at Fortune 50 firms, local businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies led to the closing of over $50M in transactions.

Beginning to explore the next step in his career, Jesse turned to UMD, pursuing and earning a Master of Business Administration degree through Smith’s Part-Time MBA in 2016. When a position became available on the OCS employer development team, he could not have dreamed a more fitting role. His compelling experience at UMD makes him a natural evangelist for Smith students and his passion for networking feeds his development function.

Jesse and his family call a little log cabin home, on almost 50 acres just south of Annapolis, Md. He is an avid sports enthusiast, both in area old man leagues and his faithful Redskins, Orioles, Wizards, and Capitals fanhood.

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