Jessica DeMulder is Senior Program Manager of the Population Council’s Poverty, Gender, & Youth (PGY) Program. The PGY Program seeks to understand and address the social dimensions of poverty, the causes and consequences of gender inequality, the disparities in opportunity that arise in early life and during adolescence, and the critical elements for reaching a successful, productive adulthood.
Jessica is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the PGY Program and provides research, programmatic, supervisory, and technical input for research projects and resource mobilization. Jessica serves as part of the PGY program management team, contributing to key programmatic decision-making and strategic direction that adapts and innovates projects aimed at advancing gender equality for adolescents. She also contributes to research and technical assistance projects in the areas of adolescence, vulnerability, and gender, and helps to oversee the humanitarian and US portfolios of work within the PGY program, with a focus on sexual and gender minority adolescents.
Since 2017, Jessica co-chairs the Coalition for Adolescent Girls (CAG) and serves as the Council’s focal point for the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action (CYPHA) and the Girls in Emergencies Collaborative.
Prior to joining the Population Council, Jessica spent nearly a decade managing clinical trials in Zimbabwe and Zambia. 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.