Jessica Newman joined Ecologic Institute as a Transatlantic Fellow from March to July 2011, where she focused on water policy, agricultural policy, development policy and the intersections of these fields. A native English speaker, Jessica Newman also speaks conversational Spanish and basic Ukrainian.
Jessica Newman came to Ecologic Institute after working for the CGIAR's (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) Challenge Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in Nairobi (Kenya) where she was a contributing author to the book 'Designing Agricultural Mitigation for Smallholders in Developing Countries.' Her article drew on over 100 interviews conducted across ten “pro-poor” carbon sequestration payment projects in East Africa, comparing present farmer engagement strategies and organisation, the inclusiveness of poor or marginalised farmers and women and project attention to community/household well-being indicators. Jessica has also worked as an analyst in the Law and Policy Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice.
Jessica Newman graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Harvard College in December of 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental science and public policy. Her senior thesis was entitled, 'Designing Payments for Ecosystem Services Projects for the Poor: A Comparative Analysis of Carbon Sequestration Projects in East Africa."
In September 2011 she plans to begin working as a consultant in the Engineered Products and Services practice group at Booz & Company. She hopes to enter a Masters in environmental management programme in the fall of 2013.