International Agricultural Development
Jessie is a Master’s student in the International Agricultural Development program. She is interested in post-harvest technology to reduce food waste and ensure more equitable distribution of food worldwide. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received her degree in Biology and Environmental Studies, with a certificate in Global Health. During her time in Madison, she interned with an organization called Slow Food as a community engagement intern, where she worked in lower income neighborhoods in South Madison to educate youth on navigating the food system and improve access to nutritious foods. She also worked as a research assistant in a Potato Physiology Lab investigating heat and cold tolerance in various potato cultivars.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Jessie interned with an organization in Minnesota called The Food Group as a Community Food Leaders Intern. In this role, she helped develop educational materials for an adult enrichment program about the food system, and worked with various partners to bring fresh produce into food banks around Minneapolis. She then went on to work as a Farm and Community Engagement Fellow for a non-profit organization called Gardens for Health International in Kigali, Rwanda. She lived in Rwanda for a year, assisting in the management and labor of a 5-acre farm and engaging the community in agriculture by implementing garden education for local children, a women’s cooperative, primary schools, and refugee camps. Upon her return from Rwanda, Jessie spent a summer working as a CSA assistant on a farm in Minnetrista, Minnesota.