Jessica DeMulder is Senior Manager of the Strategic Planning and Operations unit within the Social and Behavioral Science Research (SBSR) division. They also co-lead the Humanitarian Task Force.
DeMulder is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the SBSR division and provides research, programmatic, supervisory, and technical input for research projects and resource mobilization. DeMulder is a member of the SBSR management team, contributing to key programmatic decision-making and strategic direction that adapts and innovates projects aimed at advancing gender equality for adolescents. They also contribute to research and technical assistance projects in the areas of adolescence, vulnerability, and gender, and help to oversee the humanitarian and US portfolios of work, with a focus on sexual and gender minority adolescents.
DeMulder serves as the Council’s focal point for the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action (CYPHA) and the Girls in Emergencies Collaborative. Previously, they co-chaired the Coalition for Adolescent Girls.
Prior to joining the Population Council, DeMulder spent nearly a decade managing clinical trials in Zimbabwe and Zambia. They 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. They also worked with Innovations for Poverty Action as the Africa Regional Programs Manager, where they provided management support to 12 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.