Jesica Thavarajah, Senior Manager, Grants and Finance

Jesica believes in the transformative power of technology and creating an inclusive digital society through innovations in grantmaking. Before joining DIAL, she worked at Dexis Consulting Group, where she supported more than 25 projects around the world from donors including USAID, the Department of State and private firms.

Jesica was part of a team that designed and implemented a grants program aimed at giving underserved populations a voice in Nicaragua. She also supported projects with the Office of Transition Initiatives in Afghanistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Syria, implementing fast and flexible, large-scale, small grants programs. She was part of a team that introduced new USAID regulations on mobile money and cloud computing to projects in implementation.

Prior to working in government contracting, Jesica worked for a high-tech trade association developing materials to inform policies related to emerging technologies and report on trends in the high-tech industry including nano and RFID technologies. She served as Lead Researcher on Cyber Cities, a publication analyzing the high-tech industry and job market in the United States and challenges to its growth.

Jesica has a master’s degree in international peace and conflict resolution with a concentration in technology development for conflict zones, from American University’s School of International Service.