Jennifer Atala leads the Aspen Digital program’s Digital Equity Accelerator, which supports nonprofits with programming for digital equity in the fields of education, healthcare and/or economic opportunity for traditionally underserved communities in the US, Morocco and India.
Jennifer is also the founder of Inara Strategies, a global consultancy applying a systems-level approach to develop initiatives that catalyze economic growth and inclusivity initially launched in 2014. In this role, she has led country-level engagements in the Palestinian Territories, Israel, and Jordan, curated partnerships with Fortune 500 & 1000 companies, led assessments and designed sustainable initiatives for inclusive tech innovation accelerator programs for eBay, a humanitarian & refugee-focused tech startup, international development institutions and more. She currently advises USG, Palestinian & Israeli leaders on success factors for P2P and impact investment programs, and previously served as a personal advisor to the Swiss Ambassador to Israel & Swiss Representative to the Palestinian Territories. Jennifer regularly speaks on tech innovation, economic growth, and Israel-Palestine, including at SXSW 2021 on “AI & National Security“. She has been featured in The Jerusalem Post, Ha’aretz, i24 News and more. Most recently, she was honored as a 2021 “Top 50 Under 50” National Security & Foreign Affairs Leader by the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) and Diversity in National Security Network (DINSN). She conducts business in English, Arabic and Hebrew.
From 2015-2017, Jennifer served on the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s private sector competitiveness project in Palestine, managing investments in seven industries, achieving some of the first B2B deals between Gaza- and Israel-based companies since the blockade began in 2007, and building alliances across the international community. In DC, she led technology-driven investment process improvement work at the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Financial Institutions Group, winning institutional awards. At USAID, she managed a stabilization program in Afghanistan, served as an inter-office liaison between OTI, CMC & OAPA; supported the Middle East Bureau’s Libya response; contributed to USAID’s Youth & CVE policy development processes; and represented USAID on the State Department’s Libya Task Force. Earlier, she worked as a data scientist and product manager with management consulting firms serving IFC and the Department of Defense. In Egypt, she created social impact management tools and microfinance products to combat the Avian Flu. Prior, she led civil rights advocacy efforts for Arab Americans and Palestinian Israelis.
Jennifer earned her M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and B.A. from the University of Chicago. She is a 2017 Truman National Security Project Fellow and current Chapter Director, and was also honored by New America & NextGenNatSec/DINSN as a 2020 MENA-American Foreign Policy & National Security NextGen Leader. She is also a trauma-informed yoga teacher (RYT-200) and has taught in Washington DC, Virginia, North Carolina, Israel and the West Bank. Jennifer is currently based in Washington, DC.