Maylee De Jesús
Maylee De Jesús, a 31-year-old single mother, is all in – furthering her education, developing her career in municipal government, volunteering and, of course, raising her two daughters.
De Jesús aims to become a city manager. She got her start as the assistant deputy clerk for the Village of Palm Springs and is now the town clerk/assistant to the town manager for the Town of South Palm Beach. Going to PBSC part-time allowed her to earn points for her Certified Municipal Clerk designation, but she says the biggest boost to her career was her involvement with the international honor society for community colleges, Phi Theta Kappa.
“My advisors from PTK were like family. They encouraged me and were always behind me, pushing me to do more,” said De Jesús.
A recipient of a PTK Transfer Scholarship to Florida Atlantic University, De Jesús finished her Bachelor of Public Management degree this summer and begins her master’s degree in public administration there in the fall. A member of Omicron Delta Kappa honor society at FAU, she has volunteered or held offices in more than a dozen organizations. Currently she is president of the Palm Beach County Municipal Clerks Association as well as president of the FAU International City Managers Association Student Chapter, which she started to interest other students in local government careers.
“My daughters are my reason to keep on going. I want to really show them that even though I’m a single mom and a woman, and a Hispanic woman on top of that, I can do anything that I want to do. When graduation came at PBSC, oh, they were the loudest ones cheering!”