Robert Merritt, Senior Manager, Green Climate Fund Agency, Conservation International, Washington, D. C.
"I met Jesse very early in my international development career. I was working in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on a peace-building project that was doing poorly for a variety of reasons. Jesse came to help the project and was an incredible resource. He provided me with practical, informed guidance on project implementation in DRC, understanding the donor’s objectives, and gave me invaluable support over the subsequent years as my career expanded around the globe.
Jesse is calm, patient, and empathetic; he openly shares his perspective on working in difficult contexts built on decades of experience; and he understands both the challenges and opportunities to be found in international development work. As my career grew I could always count on Jesse to provide a sounding board for my decision making, give well considered advice, and share useful contacts across his extensive network.
I cannot recommend Jesse highly enough if you are a development professional looking for a coach and mentor to guide you through this complicated space. I would certainly not have had the same success if not for Jesse's assistance over the years."