Jessie Press-Williams

MPA, International Development
School of Public and International Affairs
Class of 2023

Jessie is from Charlottesville, Virginia, and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a degree in mechanical engineering. At MIT, she focused on international development, working with the D-Lab and taking development economics courses as well as exploring a wide range of interests such as building electric racecars for competition. Before Princeton, she lived in Ghana working as a research and program officer at the Aquaya Institute, an NGO dedicated to improving water and sanitation outcomes for poor and vulnerable populations. Previously, Jessie worked as an engineer and project manager for BURN Manufacturing, leading development of innovative electric cooking products in Kenya. She also worked as an associate with IDinsight in Zambia, where she provided data-driven advisory and consulting services on a major sanitation rehabilitation project. Jessie is excited to explore equitable climate adaptation policies in low- and middle-income countries during her time at Princeton.