Jessica manages implementation research activities, with a focus on rural sanitation and behavior change. Jessica brings 11 years of experience in research and evaluation, technology innovation for low-resource settings, and project design and management. Currently, she manages Aquaya’s activities under USAID’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Partnerships for Learning and Sustainability (WASHPaLS) project. Under USAID WASHPaLS, she led a qualitative study on the sustainability of Community-led Total Sanitation programs in Cambodia and Ghana, and a qualitative analysis of sanitation in Kenya’s pastoralist communities. Jessica is also managing the development of the Sanitation Planning Tool. This web application supports sanitation practitioners in designing and executing sanitation programs by allowing them to explore highly localized, contextual, spatial data.
Prior to Aquaya, Jessica served as WASH Innovation Specialist for UNICEF, where she managed a portfolio of emerging technologies, including products to improve emergency sanitation for people with disabilities and water quality monitoring. Jessica has also worked on national-level political campaigns in the U.S., women’s rights in urban India, mobile health in rural India, and systems strengthening for Malawi’s agriculture sector.
Jessica has a M.P. from Sciences Po, Paris, and a Bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.