Allison Jennings

Allison Jennings

Program Officer
Africa, Leadership, Youth

Allison Jennings is a senior program officer for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

She is member of the Institute team, which provides support to the universities and institutions who host Fellows each summer, where she serves as the staff track lead for the Leadership in Civic Engagement Institutes. Allison also leads internal communications and manages official programmatic messaging to all Institute Partners across the three tracks. She worked closely with key staff and consultants on the development of the Common Leadership Curriculum being piloted in 2019.

In previous roles at IREX, Allison worked on the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit event in Washington, D.C. and supported the Leadership in Public Management Institutes. She has served as a session facilitator/trainer both for the Fellowship and for other leadership development programs at IREX.

Before coming to IREX, Allison spent a year in Tunis, Tunisia teaching English as a second language for general, business, and law classes. She was also a member of the team that taught the U.S. Department of State English Access microscholarship program, which included English language classes and cultural enrichment activities for marginalized adolescents. Prior to going overseas, Allison worked with GED Testing ServiceĀ® supporting accommodations for test-takers with disabilities and the state-level transition from paper-pencil to computer-delivered testing.

Allison holds a MA in International Training and Education from American University, where she designed and facilitated a training on soft skills for young women in Ghana as her capstone project. She also earned a certificate in English-language teaching to adults from Cambridge University, a graduate certificate in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a BA in French Literature from Hamilton College. Allison is proficient in French and speaks enough Tunisian Arabic to give directions in a taxi.