Jessica Leifer is a Vice President at ideas42, where she focuses on issues in early childhood development and education. Prior to joining ideas42, Jess completed a Masters in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She previously worked as a fellow at the Centre for Impact Investing, where she designed a technical assistance program for nonprofit organizations interested in developing social impact bond programs. Her experience includes analyzing student and school performance at Success Academy Charter Schools as well as partnering with the New York City government to provide special education supports for students in need. As an undergraduate, Jess conducted research on self-control and willpower with Dr. Angela Duckworth. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.