Jessie joined IYF in 2012, and currently serves as a Program Manager for YouthActionNet, where she supports the Laureate Global Fellowship program as well as network development efforts in Africa. Jessie has a wide variety of experiences related to youth, education, international development, and communications. She has worked as an educator in Kyoto, Japan with the JET Programme, and in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, China, Cambodia, India, and South Africa with Thinking Beyond Borders, an international development-focused gap year program. Jessie has also worked with various development NGOs and foundations in Washington, DC, and with a private sector development firm on projects in Central America and the Caribbean. She holds a master’s degree in International Development Studies from the George Washington University, with a concentration in sustainable community-based tourism development. Jessie earned her bachelor’s degree in Language & Linguistics from Whitman College; she is conversational in Spanish and Japanese.