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Jake is Senior Associate at Iris Group with extensive experience in both qualitative and quantitative research, as well as system dynamics. He has worked to pilot Iris Group's System Approaches to Social Inclusion (SASI) methodology in Jordan, led an evaluation of a social norms intervention in Tanzania, and provided technical assistance on a variety of WASH projects. He has supported multiple evidence reviews in areas of maternal and child health, gender-transformative interventions, and workplace MHM. Currently, he coordinates data collection and leads a political economy analysis of workplace MHM as part of a multi-sited USAID-funded WASH project. He also supports Iris Group's business development, coordinating project proposals across a variety of sectors including WASH, agriculture, and infrastructure.
Jake's academic work centered on global malnutrition, food systems, and microbiota-directed therapeutic foods. He has taught and researched on agriculture and nutrition Haiti and Bangladesh and was a consultant for the World Health Organization as lead author of a Cochrane Review on animal-source foods and development of children under 5. His dissertation explored the associations between global trends in overweight and obesity and sales of ultra-processed foods and drinks. Prior to that, Jake worked in education, first as a Teach for America Corps Member in Colorado and later as Head of Teacher Training at Bridge International Academies in Nairobi, Kenya.
Jake earned his PhD in Public Health Sciences and MPH from Washington University in St. Louis and a BA in Anthropology and English from Tufts University.
Specialist Areas of Work
English, French and Swahili