Jessa Blades

Managing Director

Jessa is the Managing Director of IDEO.org's Health program, which focuses on designing sexual and reproductive health solutions for teens. She acts as vision mapper, team builder, partner evangelizer, and design catalyzer.

Before joining IDEO.org, Jessa was a Business Designer at IDEO where she worked at the intersection of strategy, service, and organizational design. She has helped build an affordable and scalable school model in Peru, prototyped business models for consumer health products in Indonesia, and created paths to market for textile producers in Ethiopia.

Jessa has a background in nonprofit strategy consulting and entrepreneurship, has worked in Addis Ababa, London, and Vancouver, and holds an MBA from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.

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