Meet Our Team

Director

jberns-1011Jessica Berns has over fifteen years of international experience working on issues of social inclusion, peacebuilding, governance, and anti-corruption. The majority of her work has taken place within the NGO sector, and her areas of expertise include strategic planning and communications and program design and implementation. She has a special interest in civil society network and partnership development, which she first developed as a Program Officer working with the Latin American chapters of Transparency International, the anti-corruption NGO in Berlin, Germany. More recently, as Program Director of Coexistence International at Brandeis University, an initiative focused on strengthening the coexistence field, Jessica facilitated the creation of a network of coexistence practitioners in West Africa.
In 2011 Jessica launched a consulting practice where she collaborates with universities, philanthropists, and non-profits on strategy, program design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. Bryn Mawr College hired Jessica in June 2012 to lead the process of conceptualizing, planning, and preparing for the Women in Public Service Institute: Peacebuilding and Development. As Institute Director, Jessica is responsible for all elements of the Institute, from the substance of the curriculum to the daily logistics of the two-week event.
With an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Spanish, and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, Jessica has spent much of her professional life working and living abroad, in Latin America, Europe, and West Africa.

 

Institute Program Planning Committee

The Institute Program Planning Committee relies on the participation of faculty, administrators, and alumnae of Bryn Mawr College who contribute expertise on the issue areas of the Institute, both as scholars and practitioners. Committee members are:

Michael Allen, Professor of Political Science

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Vanessa Christman, Assistant Dean and Director of Leadership and Community Development, The Pensby Center

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Marissa Golden, Associate Professor of Political Science on the Joan Coward Chair of Political Economy

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Ruth Lindeborg, Secretary of the College, President’s Office

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Susan Buck Sutton, Senior Advisor for Internationalization, President’s Office

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Mary Osirim, Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Sociology

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Kanni Wignaraja ’88, United Nations Resident Coordinator and the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Zambia

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Summer Institute Staff

Adrienne Baugher

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Madhavika Bajoria

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Ruth Logan

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Anne Kauth

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Theresa Kim

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Karina Siu

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Meheret Shumet

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Jacinda Tran

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Vrinda Varia

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Kyra Zogbekor

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