Jessica Kiessel

Senior Director, Learning & Impact

As a senior director on the strategy team and head of learning and impact, Jessica works to foster conditions that put learning and adaptation at the core of decision-making and an effective social change practice at Omidyar Network.

Jessica brings significant international development experience to her role at Omidyar Network.  Prior to joining the firm, Jessica was the deputy director of strategy and learning at PATH, a global health nonprofit. In this role, she oversaw PATH’s strategy team and led the conceptualization and development of a five-year strategy to globalize and restructure the organization.

Jessica previously worked at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) as global chief program officer. In this role, she established and led a new global and regional division responsible for ensuring impact across 16 country programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, 230 active research projects, and 5 research initiatives. She also served as country director for IPA Ghana during a period of significant growth, overseeing over 20 impact evaluations and education and agriculture scale-up work in partnership with the Ghanaian government. Jessica began her career supporting USAID education projects in Egypt, Zambia, Namibia, and Pakistan for the American Institutes for Research and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Samoa.

Jessica holds an MPA from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, graduated cum laude from Kalamazoo College with a B.A in sociology and anthropology, and is a certified Master Practitioner in Emergent Learning.