So You Want to Save the World? with Jessica Ernst

“Its not like becoming a doctor or a lawyer, where there’s more of a trodden path; International Development is everything — geographically speaking, you’re covering the world — so it can be hard to figure out your place in that.”


JESSICA ERNST increases social impact through facilitating and managing global partnerships. Having worked with governments, nonprofits, and companies, Jessica’s insights have been published in the International Affairs Review, leading industry websites, and influential donor reports. Jessica traveled to her first developing country at the age of 20—studying abroad in South Africa— and has now visited 38 countries and counting. Additionally, Jessica has checked the academic boxes by earning an MPA and an MA in international relations from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and a BA in political science from Drake University. Find more at

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