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Jennifer Petersen

Director, Emerging Leaders Program

Council expert Jennifer Petersen

Jennifer Petersen serves as the director of the Emerging Leaders Program at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She joined the Council at the start of 2018 and is responsible for the Emerging Leaders program. Prior to joining the Council, Petersen worked in different roles in the US, Rwanda, South Africa, and Gabon, including research, policy advising, and political consulting for campaigns and international NGOs, including International Crisis Group and Search for Common Ground. She has an AB in international studies from Vassar College, an MA in postcolonial studies from the University of London, and an MA in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.