Adrienne Jacobs is a program officer for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.
In this role, she manages the Reciprocal Exchange component of the Mandela Washington Fellowship and supports congressional engagement. Adrienne is committed to growing the Reciprocal Exchange component and supporting continued engagement with Fellowship Alumni. Through her work, Adrienne enjoys frequent interaction with Fellowship Alumni across all cohorts, as well as with American Awardees and partners across the United States. As the Fellowship continues to grow, Adrienne looks forward to featuring how broad its impact on U.S. communities is, particularly through her work on Reciprocal Exchanges.
Prior to IREX, Adrienne worked for the United States Senate Committee on the Budget for nearly two years. She has since been able to translate this experience into supporting the advocacy efforts of the Fellowship’s Institutes and other partners. She is also happy to share her insights with projects and staff across IREX on best practices in informing government representatives about the important work IREX does. Adrienne has a M.A. in Peace Research and Security Policy from the University of Hamburg, and a B.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy from Schiller International University.