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Jessica Ames

Jessica is the Tata-Cornell Institute Program Manager. She is responsible for coordinating the research of the TCI scholars and staff and for offering strategic guidance and support for project implementation, evaluation, and overall program development. She also oversees the summer internship program and TCI communications and outreach. Prior to working for TCI, Jessica worked as the Program Assistant to the Masters of Public Administration in Development Practice (MPA-DP) Program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She also graduated from this program in 2014 with a concentration in nutrition policy and global health. Previously, Jessica supported the UN REACH (Renewed Efforts Against Child Hunger and undernutrition) initiative on improved nutrition governance in Ghana. She worked as a refugee resettlement case manager in Houston and served as a Community Health Educator for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Peru. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and Bachelor of Arts in International and Area Studies from The University of Oklahoma, and as a native Texan, she has a passion for hospitality and good Mexican food.