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Jenny O’Connor

Jenny O’Connor

Jenny began her career in philanthropy at Teach for America, followed by a decade of working directly with community development programs, focused in health and water, in East and Sub-Saharan Africa and across Asia. During this time, she co-founded and ran an NGO, based primarily in East Africa, for 8 years, with a focus on building local leadership capacity within 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 several foundations, including the Gates Foundation, on program strategy and monitoring and evaluation initiatives for a variety of global food/ag, environment and health programs. Today, Jenny is the principal consultant and founding director of Guidelight Strategies, a strategic development firm working with innovative businesses, foundations and non-profits to strengthen organizational capacity and guide them through the development of both their social and sustainability strategies. She focuses her work in the environment, climate change, water and food/ag sectors and advocates for systems approaches to solving root problems across these issue areas.