Janella Ferguson

Janella Ferguson

Director of Strategic Partnerships
Africa, Americas, Europe & Eurasia, Middle East & North Africa, Civil Society, Education, Gender Equality & Inclusion, Governance, Leadership, Media, Technology, Youth

Janella Ferguson is IREX’s director of Strategic Partnerships. She brings over a decade of experience advancing the mission of domestic and international organizations through developing partnerships and raising funds.

Janella most recently was director of Impact Groups for Grantmakers for Education, where she supported and facilitated deep engagement of education philanthropists. She led partnership development and fundraising for the Council for Opportunity in Education, International Baccalaureate, and Communities in Schools.

Her educational background includes a nonprofit management executive certificate from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in community planning from University of Cincinnati, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Xavier University. Janella has dedicated her career in service to education and nonprofits, with particular attention to underrepresented learners.