Jessica DeMulder is Program Manager of the Population Council’s Poverty, Gender, & Youth (PGY) Program. The PGY Program develops and tests innovative solutions, scales up successful strategies to improve the well-being of adolescents, particularly adolescent girls, accelerates positive demographic trends, and strengthens the resilience of vulnerable populations to adapt to environmental shocks and stressors. Jessica is responsible for supporting the operations of the PGY Program. Jessica serves as part of the PGY program management team, working directly with the PGY Program Director, contributing to key programmatic decision-making and strategic direction.
Prior to joining the Population Council, Jessica managed clinical trials in Zimbabwe and Zambia, where she lived full-time for 6 years. She implemented impact evaluations on adolescent mental health and maternal health, working with the Applied Mental Health Research Group at Johns Hopkins University, the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at UCSF, and the World Bank. She also worked with Innovations for Poverty Action as the Africa Regional Programs Manager, where she provided management support to 12 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.
Jessica was recently elected to serve as one of the co-chairs on the Steering Committee for the Coalition for Adolescent Girls. She earned her Masters of Public Health, focusing on forced migration and health, as well as a Masters of Arts in Human Rights, both from Columbia University. Jessica is based in the Council’s New York office.