“The faculty had a tremendous impact on my career development while arming me with the intellectual rigor and background to achieve my goals. I’m really grateful to the Evans School, and I hope for the rest of my life I’ll be a part of it.”

- Jingjing Chen (MPA ’13)

Born in Nanjing, China, Jingjing Chen (MPA ’13) was an international class ping-pong player. She left elite athletic competition to enter a traditional academic program and came to the Evans School, which she considers as her ‘door to the world.’

“It connected me to a community with the will and the know-how to change the world,” says Jingjing.

Currently working at a global consulting firm in Beijing, Jingjing describes her new role as a storyteller.

“It’s about being able to talk to everybody at their level to motivate them to support change,” she said.

Through positions as a donor-country relations intern at the United Nations, and later as a strategic partnerships coordinator at the Gates Foundation, Jingjing learned how effective resource mobilization could indeed move mountains and change lives.

Jingjing credits the Evans School with helping her to define her purpose, discuss her ambitions, and find her voice.

“The faculty had a tremendous impact on my career development while arming me with the intellectual rigor and background to achieve my goals,” she says. “I’m really grateful to the Evans School, and I hope for the rest of my life I’ll be a part of it.”

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