Jenna Gordon joined IFPRI in November 2009 as a Senior Research Assistant. Immediately prior to joining IFPRI, she completed an dual M.S. degree in International Relations and International Communication at Boston University. She also holds a B.A. in Italian Studies from Wesleyan University. Jenna taught English both in the States and abroad, in a rural sugar cane farming village in Costa Rica, during the years between obtaining her undergraduate and graduate degrees.