International Affairs Advisor
Jen is an accomplished architect of initiatives, organizations, and alliances that span continents and sectoral boundaries to tackle critical global challenges. She has extensive experience working within and between the worlds of business, government, philanthropy, academia, and international and non-governmental organizations. Early in her career, Jen set up a nonprofit focused on entrepreneurship in post-apartheid South Africa and later opened a sales support office for a large multinational in the United Arab Emirates. During her career with the U.S. Government, she worked in the U.S. Department of State, on Capitol Hill, and across the Interagency as a senior advisor to U.S government officials and high-level presidential envoys. After leaving DC, she built public-private alliances for a social enterprise committed to providing renewable energy to communities across the globe that lacked electricity. She went on to design and launch an accelerated graduate program in international studies at the University of Washington. She has also built a private family fund dedicated to building bridges between cultures, and a multilateral, public-private initiative that harnesses global connectivity to build meaningful relationships between young people in the U.S., Middle East and North Africa, and equips them with the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century. Jen is the founder and director of the Master of Arts in Applied International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, and an affiliate faculty member at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. She serves on the boards of the J. Christopher Stevens Fund and AIESEC Seattle. She is also a Truman National Security Fellow and a Response Team Member for ShelterBox, an international disaster relief organization. Jen was previously a Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Presidential Management Fellow. She holds an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a B.S. in Management from Purdue University.