Mariellen Jewers

United States |  Vice President, Open Avenues Foundation


Mariellen Malloy Jewers is vice president of Open Avenues Foundation. Before joining OAF, Jewers was executive director of Women Encouraging Empowerment and a research scientist at the George Washington University.

Jewers has extensive experience in non-profit management, program evaluation and policy analysis. Her work has been published by USAID, Migration Policy Institute, Inter-American Dialogue and New England Journal of Medicine. Jewers served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic and as an Americorps VISTA in Massachusetts.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the George Washington University. Jewers’ dissertation utilized within-family comparisons to isolate how lack of US citizenship impacted children’s health and access to healthcare in mixed-status families.

Jewers was an event speaker at The Dialogue.

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Public Policies for Afro-Descendant Communities in Colombia

Much remains to be done to protect and promote Afro-Descendant communities’ rights and development in Colombia, according to the panel discussion hosted by the Inter-American Dialogue, the Gender and Diversity Unit at the Inter-American Development Bank, and Phelps Stokes on May 20, 2011. Although Colombia has made steps in the right direction, current policies need to be reinforced. It was also suggested that Afro-Descendants work together across countries and communities to better envision a common purpose and to strengthen their political influence.

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