Jennifer provides vision and leadership as the senior program officer on the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program, and directs a scholarship program for developing civil society leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean.
She brings over 10 years of international education and development program management to her current role. Previously at IREX, Jennifer worked with the IREX Guatemala office to design and manage a multilayered secondary and higher education scholarship system for a USAID funded youth political leadership program.
Jennifer previously managed the U.S. and visiting Fulbright Scholar program in the Western Hemisphere and sub-Saharan Africa regions at the Institute of International Education. In this capacity, she led the recruitment strategy, advised and managed fellowships for researchers, teachers, and professionals, and promoted institutional development through university partnerships and specialized opportunities such as collaboration with the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program.
Jennifer is passionate about leadership development, extending access to education and professional opportunities, and building meaningful partnerships and networks. Jennifer has a BA in history and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has lived in the southern Caribbean.