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Jessica Thea is a fellow at Refugees International. Prior to joining RI, Jessica worked with several organizations, including PresenTense Group, a non-profit that helps entrepreneurs build sustainable social ventures, and IMBY, a fashion-based advocacy startup that supports safe working conditions and fair wages. In 2014, Jessica founded Cultivating Connections, which promotes cultural exchange between a community of refugees in St. Louis and local college students. Her article on international intervention and the effectiveness of foreign aid during the 1994 plague outbreak in Surat, India was published in the journal Slideshow. She earned her B.A. in International Development from Washington University in St. Louis.