Jessica Wamala is a volunteer for the Peace Corps, currently serving in the Youth Development sector outside of Fes in Morocco. Wamala is the chairperson of the Gender and Development Committee for gender empowerment and advocacy among Volunteers and Moroccans. Prior to the Peace Corps, she worked for the U.S. State Department in the Public Diplomacy section of the U.S. Embassy in Serbia and the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Executive Office. As an academic, she has been invited to present at several conferences, published on the importance of demographic diversity in international affairs, and lectured on topics of gender, politics and development in Amman, Jordan, Ramallah, Palestine and Beijing, China. Jessica graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree in Political Science, Arab and Islamic Studies and Global Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters of Arts in Political Science. She received her Masters of Philosophy in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, where her thesis investigated the impact of Palestinian women's NGOs.