Senior Rule of Law Advisor, Citizen Security Practice Area



Jenny is a Senior Rule of Law Advisor in the Citizen Security Practice Area within the Communities in Transition Division. In this role, she leads efforts to develop a rule of law development practice and a learning agenda on rule of law/justice sector issues through internal and external trainings. Jenny also supports CIT’s ongoing business development efforts as practice teams have proposals and deliverables related to rule of law/justice sector initiatives as this sector intersects with Citizen Security and Crime Prevention; Countering Violent Extremism; Constitutional Development; Anti-Corruption; Governance; and Stabilization issues.

Do you have an accomplishment or programmatic result or activity that you are particularly proud of?

As Senior Justice Advisor with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, I developed a $5 million Cooperative Agreement, the Justice Sector Training, Research and Coordination program, an interagency and multilateral rule of law initiative. As the Grants Officer Representative, I provided significant technical input into the development, design and implementation of JusTRAC trainings, symposia, research products and interactive online social platforms. 

Do you have a favorite, unique or fascinating story about your work in development?

One of my favorite development stories involves an interview of a Catholic Arch Bishop in a small city in Nicaragua. This Arch Bishop was a strong supporter of a small three year $50,000 USG grant that provided mediation support of petty crimes so that local law enforcement officials could investigate more complex crimes. This mediation program made a significant difference to the local community because it served as a visual sign that access to justice and justice delivery services were being provided.


    Rule of Law/Justice Sector Reform—Criminal Justice, Civil and Commercial code reform; Significant U.S. Government development experience at USAID and U.S. Department of State


    J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law | B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Spanish from the University of Virginia


    Native English speaker, Spanish fluency

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