Jessica manages Aquaya’s implementation research activities, with a focus on rural sanitation and behavior change. She manages Aquaya’s activities under USAID’s Rural Evidence and Learning for Water (REAL-Water) project and previously managed activities under USAID’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Partnerships for Learning and Sustainability (WASHPaLS) project. Under 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 also manages development of the Sanitation Planning (SanPlan) Tool. This web application supports sanitation practitioners in designing and executing sanitation programs by exploring highly localized, contextual spatial data.
Jessica brings extensive experience in research and evaluation, technology innovation for low-resource settings, and project design and management. Prior to Aquaya, she served as WASH Innovation Specialist for UNICEF, where she managed a portfolio of emerging technologies, including products to improve water quality monitoring and emergency sanitation for people with disabilities. Jessica has also worked on national political campaigns in the United States, women’s rights in urban India, mobile healthcare in rural India, and systems strengthening for Malawi’s agriculture sector.
Jessica has an MPA from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and a BA in diplomacy and foreign affairs from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.