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Raquel Jesse

Raquel Jesse is a Program Officer at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, working on the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies’ Grand Challenge for Inequality and Exclusion.

Before joining CIC, Raquel worked as a researcher across numerous civil society organizations and think tanks, including the Centre for Labour and Social Studies, 4 in 10 Child Poverty Action Network, and Independent Diplomat and before that she spent over five years working in the hospitality and service industry. Until May 2022, Raquel was the lead researcher and author of the UK Race Class Narrative project, publishing novel strategic communications research that unifies and empowers diverse working-class communities through a bottom-up narrative-led approach.

Raquel holds a master’s of research in politics with a concentration in international political economics and public policy from Birkbeck College, London. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from King’s College London.


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