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Jessica Kritz

Title

Assistant Professor
Assistant Research Professor Institute for Reproductive Health and Department of Government Conflict Resolution Program

Department

Obstetrics and Gynecology
General profile

Portrait

Phone

+1 202-687-2437

Alt. phone

202-687-2437

Bio

Jessica Kritz has been closely engaged in the creation and development of the Georgetown Initiative on Health and Peace and serves as its Director. She has worked for twenty years in dispute and conflict resolution, with over a decade of experience focused on strategic and cross-sector collaboration in development, health and conflict. She is an Assistant Research Professor at Georgetown University, with joint appointments in its Medical Center’s Institute for Reproductive Health and in the Department of Government’s Conflict Resolution Program. Her career in cross-sectoral collaboration began with dispute resolution in law, and has transformed to broader conflict resolution, with a focus on health access and equity in developing countries.

In Accra, Ghana, she is Principal Investigator on three-year research project to build a health-focused strategic, cross-sector collaboration among national government, city government, non-governmental and community organizations focused on the Old Fadama informal settlement. Jessica studies the theory of cross-sector collaboration development. This involves government, business, nonprofits, and/or communities and citizens, and is increasingly required in global health and conflict resolution programming. Her research responds to the urgent need to work more creatively and efficiently across sectors to resolve complex challenges. Her focus on relationship measurements is undergirded by a comprehensive process evaluation. Building on local processes such as Accra city planning efforts, and existing resources such as Catholic Sisters’ organizations moving to provide direct services in Old Fadama, this research model incorporates an implementation-focused approach geared toward scalability.

She has supported and served on numerous university committees and advisory groups related to global engagement, including Palestine, health disparities, India, China, the university’s response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and the university licensing committee on the rights of workers who produce college apparel. She has conducted projects in Rwanda, Palestine and South Africa, and speaks and reads French.

Jessica and her husband Brian, an international human rights lawyer with a focus on vulnerable global populations, live in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. They serve on the board of the Friends of Volta Park, and their son Theodore attends playschool at this historic location.

Education

  • J.D. (2000) Pepperdine University,
  • M.A. (2000) Pepperdine University, Dispute Resolution
  • A.B. (1994) Duke University, Political Science

Languages

  • French (speak, read, write)