Jessica Harrison has been involved with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy since 2008, playing roles as a volunteer staff member in the Finance Department and an advisor to the former President before joining the YPFP Board in 2010. Jessica has over five years of strategy consulting experience working with Fortune 500 companies (e.g. Microsoft, P&G, Allergan), multilateral organizations (e.g. African Development Bank), leading global foundations (e.g. Gates Foundation, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation) and leading non-profit organizations (e.g. mothers2mothers, UN Foundation, Human Rights Watch, Right to Play). Examples of her work include developing a plan to scale a high impact, nonprofit from 300 sites predominantly in South African public health clinics to 1,500 sites across Africa in three years, and conducting a private equity fund analysis and due diligence on renewable energy funds for OPIC, leading to a $500M investment allocation. Presently, Jessica is a strategy consultant at The Bridgespan Group, an organization affiliated with Bain & Company, that provides advisory and strategy support to nonprofit organizations to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness and accelerate learning. Previously, Jessica was a Project Leader at Dalberg Global Development Advisors and a Consultant at Kaiser Associates.
Jessica received her B.A. from Middlebury College cum laude, her MBA at Columbia Business School and her MPA at Harvard Kennedy School. While at Harvard, Jessica was selected to serve on the Harvard Center for Public Leadership Student Advisory Board, received the Thomas Barry merit fellowship and completed an independent study with Professor Joseph Nye on “The Future of Foreign Policy Leaders.” She also assisted chief Washington Correspondent, David Sanger, in researching, writing and editing “Confront and Conceal,” a New York Times Bestseller about President Obama’s foreign policy and was a Research Assistant to former Deputy Secretary of State for Iraq and Afghanistan, Professor Meghan O’Sullivan. Currently in her free time, Jessica is supporting David Sanger and Professor Graham Allison to evolve their course, “Central Challenges of American National Security, Strategy and the Press” into a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) as the first online Harvard Kennedy School Course. In 2013, Jessica was selected to be a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.