In 2011, Jennifer began her overseas work in Kurdistan, Iraq with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government, as Senior Analyst to the Prime Minister’s Special Advisor on Higher Education. Jennifer assisted on data management for a gender research project and worked on The Human Capacity Development Program in Higher Education (a $100 million KRG scientific scholarship program). From 2012-2013, Jennifer worked at the University of Duhok, where she taught Political Science and conducted research on democracy, and civil societies for the university. From 2014-2017, Jennifer directed humanitarian trips to Northern Iraq and Lebanon for Azusa International, a small NGO based in California. She assisted in coordinating educational programs and medical aid to over 7,5000 Yezidi refugees at Bajed Kandala II camp in Duhok.
Prior to that, Jennifer worked with International Christian Concern in Washington DC, where she served as Advocacy Manager on religious persecution issues in the Middle East and Mexico. She later served as PM to Mexico, where she worked on projects in Oaxaca and Chiapas. Jennifer has experience working with local U.S non-profits, such as United Way of Santa Barbara County as Development Executive for early childhood education programs, and Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization, as strategic development manager. At LVCHO, Jennifer led the organizations 3-year strategic plan, and assisted in developing metrics and standardized evaluation protocols for special rural programs.
Before World Vision, Jennifer was with World Relief where she served as Program Officer for the Refugee Resettlement and Placement Program.
Jennifer speaks Spanish; enjoys spending time with her family, reading and studying history, baking, traveling, watching documentaries, and exploring old architectural buildings and churches with her husband.
MA in Government/International Politics with an emphasis in Mid-East Politics from Regent University
BA in History/Political Science with minors in Religion and Sociology from Vanguard University of Southern California