Jennifer Whatley

Title: Senior Technical Advisor, Civic Engagement & Governance

Department: Global Development

Jennifer Whatley is World Learning’s Senior Technical Advisor for Civic Engagement and Governance. She has 20 years of international development experience, focused primarily on civil society strengthening, democracy, and human rights issues. She has designed and overseen programs in Asia, Europe and Eurasia, the Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Africa focused on citizen participation, democratic development, civil society strengthening, media development, and gender and social inclusion among other issues.

Ms. Whatley joined World Learning in 2004 and has held a variety of senior technical and management roles within the organization. She joined World Learning from Freedom House where she oversaw exchange and volunteer programs which supported civil society, media, and public agencies in democratizing countries.

She earned a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Expertise: democracy & governance, civil society strengthening, civic engagement, organizational assessments, inclusive development, program design and management, monitoring & evaluation

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