Jessica Keegan joined IRI in 2011 to lead the Institute’s efforts to promote civic and voter education initiatives in Egypt and the Middle East. She brings over fifteen years’ experience in democratization and governance programming, issue advocacy, and election observation management in transitional and post-conflict countries. In her current role as Senior Advisor for Electoral Integrity, Jessica leads the Institute’s technical advancement in the areas of democratic elections and political processes globally; this includes overseeing the development of programmatic approaches to enhance voter education, conduct independent and impartial election observation, mitigate electoral violence, and promote inclusive election reform.  

Previously Jessica directed electoral strengthening programs for IRI throughout Central and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, most recently as a Senior Technical Specialist for East and Southern Africa based in Nairobi, Kenya (2018-2020). Jessica also served as Senior Advisor in the Institute’s Asia regional division while based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (2016-2018) and as Resident Program Director in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2012-2014). Prior to joining IRI, Jessica was vice president of a Washington-based political media firm. She holds a Master of Advanced Study in International Affairs & Political Economy from the University of California San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Florida.

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