Jessi Navarro

Vice President of Business & Finance


Jessica “Jessi” Navarro is the Poynter Institute’s Vice President of Business and Finance. In this role, she oversees the day-to-day work of Poynter’s business, revenue, and operations departments, specifically Finance, Advancement, Marketing, Partnerships, HR, IT, Customer Service and Facilities.

Jessi has deep experience in both finance and the Tampa Bay media industry. She worked for the Tampa Tribune and, first as a business/financial analyst at the Tribune and then as Controller of TBO, focusing on innovation and process improvement. Before that, Jessi was a founding partner and CFO of a digital media startup,, an online network targeted to persons with disabilities.

Jessi is a Tampa Bay native and 2012 graduate of the Tampa Connection program for executive leadership. She earned an MBA from the University of South Florida in 2005.