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Jessica is a senior advisor of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Jessica manages much of SDSN’s engagement with UN Member States and UN technical agencies, as well as a body of research work on implementation, monitoring and accountability for the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Jessica also manages a project on subnational implementation of the SDG agenda, working in partnership with a number of cities around the world, including 3 cities in the USA.

Prior to joining SDSN, Jessica served as a special adviser on the post-2015 agenda within the Office of the President of Liberia, supporting the work of The High Level Panel of Eminent Persons (of which President Sirleaf was co-chair) and the development of the Common African Position on the Post-2015 Agenda. For three years prior she was a senior researcher for Save the Children UK, who initially supported her work in Liberia on secondment. She has also worked as a researcher at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA). She has particular expertise in the study of inequality, age and gender discrimination.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Modern History from the University of Oxford and a Masters of Sciences in the Political Economy of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Over the past 9 years she has lived and worked in the UK, US, Liberia, Kenya and Rwanda.