Jennifer O'Connor

Jennifer began her career in philanthropy at Teach for America, working within education targeting at-risk youth in the Bay Area and helping develop a more robust after school initiative. After leaving TFA, Jennifer spent a few years working with community development programs, mostly in health and water, in Africa, most notably with The United Nations in Sudan. After returning from Sudan, she founded and ran her own organization, Groundwork Opportunities, for 8 years, with a focus on building leadership capacity within small community organizations. In 2015, Jennifer became a USAID health fellow, working in Zimbabwe with the Ministry of Health on their rural health program expansion. As she wrapped up the fellowship, she founded Guidelight Strategies and began consulting for The Gates Foundation on their food security and health programs.

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