Jessica Lane is a senior program officer II for the Leadership Practice, the Information & Media Practice, and the Center for Applied Learning and Impact (CALI), concentrating on a diverse portfolio including the Community Solutions Program, Securing Access to Free Expression, and improving training across IREX.
Her work focuses on building the capacity of civil society, educators, and media actors to positively contribute to the development of their communities. In her role, she performs project management and specializes in training design and implementation, leadership curriculum development and facilitation, virtual and in-person blended-learning, communications, and partnership building. She previously focused on the Media Literacy Educators Exchange, Macedonia Media Leaders Program, and student exchanges at IREX.
Prior to joining IREX, Jessica supported the International Peace and Conflict Resolution department at American University’s School of International Service. There she received training in interactive conflict resolution methods and served on the board of the Dialogue Development Group, engaging students in a range of facilitated intergroup dialogues. Before this, she served as an AmeriCorps member in Texas at the nonprofit organization College Forward, where she focused on access to higher education for first-generation and low-income youth. She previously worked in the publishing field in Chicago.
Jessica holds an MA in international peace & conflict resolution from American University and a BA in communications and pre-law from the University of Arizona.