Age: 25
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Education: BA in Asian Studies and English from Temple University; MA Candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (concentrations in economics development and NGO management)
Specific Field Interests: Education, Economic Development, Sustainable Development
Placement: Akanksha Foundation, Pune, Maharashtra
Area of Focus: Education

Highlights: Jessica is a current Master's candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where she focuses on economic development and NGO management. Jessica began her career as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in South Korea, where she taught 800 students per semester, designed curriculums for 10th and 11th grades, established an English program for disabled students, and mentored North Korean defectors living in Seoul. After returning to the United States, Jessica worked at the Nationalities Service Center, a refugee resettlement agency in Philadelphia, assisting their employment and human trafficking departments. She served at the Refugee Advancement Mentoring Program, which is designed to match highly trained refugees with American professionals who could help them transition into the workforce in Philadelphia. Simultaneously, Jessica also worked with victims of human trafficking as they readjusted to regular employment and participated in citywide efforts to promote anti-trafficking legislation. Most recently, Jessica worked with BRAC's Social Innovation Lab.

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