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Jana Morgan

'08 MAIR
National Coordinator
Publish What You Pay U.S.

Jana Morgan is the national coordinator for Publish What You Pay U.S., an organization that advocates for revenue transparency n the oil, gas, and mining sector. Before accepting her coordinating position, Morgan worked as an Assistant Policy Advisor at Global Witness, where she undertook policy work on conflict minerals. Jana lives in Washington, DC and is the president of the Maxwell School DC Alumni Association. She earned a master's degree in international relations from the Maxwell School in 2008 and has a bachelor's degree from St. Lawrence University.

Jana had a number of experiences at Maxwell that shaped her career. "I had so many amazing opportunities, including taking classes with Ibrahim Gambari on conflict resolution and Ambassador Joyce Leader on African development. I'd have to say that my time working as a Black Spots researcher was my favorite experience at SU. I found the research we were doing to be exactly the kind of content that interested me most. In this project, we looked at areas of the world without clear governmental controls and assessed the potential for terrorist or criminal networks to be operating in the region. One of the regions I researched was the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an area on which I now focus in my career."

Why does Jana think it's important to stay connected to SU? "Whether it was spending four life-shaping years as an undergraduate or two incredibly rigorous years as a grad student, we become connected through our shared experiences. The people we meet, whether it be at Maxwell or the wider SU community, become a part of our extended families. When people move to different cities, they know they can reach out to their fellow alums to help introduce them to their surroundings and to new friends. As people search for their first jobs, or look to change careers, advice can be sought from graduates who remain a part of the SU community."