Jessie is currently pursuing a BA in Environment and Development with minors in International Development and Social Entrepreneurship at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She has written for Catalyst—McGill’s International Development Studies online platform for news, features, and opinions in international development.
Jessie’s academic interests include agroecology, food sovereignty, environmental justice, alternative energy, and urban planning. She is passionate about understanding the structural causes of inequality around the world and the ways in which systems, institutions, and globalization perpetuate asymmetric power structures. At the Oakland Institute, Jessie will explore the role of multinational corporations in land grabs that undermine indigenous land rights, local livelihoods, and ecological resiliency.