With a background in a range of sectors from health to gender to education, Jessica brings a holistic approach to addressing local challenges. She works adeptly with myriad stakeholders and partners, navigating sensitive relationships across contexts, from high-ranking government officials to community members at the local level. Jessica is skillful at creating linkages between stakeholders to ensure smooth operations with lasting effects. She is a passionate advocate for out-of-school children and a firm believer in the transformative power of education.
As a member of the education team, Jessica manages the coordination of a diverse range of projects across a multi-million-dollar portfolio. She ensures regular communication between projects utilizing best practices to inform program design and delivery. She leads the selection, vetting, compliance, and performance of the local civil society partners that are responsible for front-line implementation in-country. Jessica translates the tangible impact on the community to reports back to our clients and partners, so they are continually informed on what their funding and support is achieving. She also engages clients on trips to international field sites to permit a first-hand view of the rich yet complex realities of the investment locales.
Prior to joining Geneva Global, Jessica initiated a multi-year, public-private partnership where she led a 1,000-school teacher training and student-centered learning project in rural Ghana. Jessica launched her development career in Washington, D.C., where she managed proposal and business development for several prominent NGOs. After obtaining her Master’s degree in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University, Jessica lived and worked for several years in Liberia managing a range of projects for private foundations and multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors.
Why did you decide to work at Geneva Global?
I was excited about the opportunity to help start Geneva Global’s education team. Steering the Ghana project was an amazing experience, but I’m looking forward to expanding the breadth of programs I’m working on both from a technical and geographic perspective.
What’s an interesting fact that others would not know about you?
I’m an amateur photographer. In grad school, my elective class was a photography darkroom class and ever since, I’ve been lugging two cameras around the world with me. My first love, my film SLR, which I continue to use to shoot black and white film, and my second love, my digital SLR.
What’s your best travel advice?
Be open to whatever comes up. I do a lot of intense planning before I go anywhere and have a list of all the sites and restaurants I want to visit. But, some of the best finds are usually recommendations or things that just spontaneously present themselves.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
I love engaging with teachers and students on the ground. It’s always inspiring to see that no matter the obstacles, which can be significant, teachers find interesting ways to engage students. And there’s nothing quite like seeing the “lightbulb” go on over a student’s head when she finally starts to understand a difficult concept.