Executive Director: Jessi Smolow

Jessi Smolow joined the Maranyundo Initiative as Executive Director in August 2019. Prior to this, she served as the DREAMS Program Manager with World Education which involved overseeing a 3-country USAID-funded project in Tanzania, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe that targeted over 4,000 girls and young women with resources that allowed them to stay in school.

Jessi spent the last decade developing and implementing various education and health programs in Central East Africa – including three years living in Kigali, Rwanda! In addition, she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working with children and families. She has her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor’s of Science from Penn State University.

She lives in Boston with her husband and is kept busy by their two young children.