Jessa Barnard is the Assistant Director of Kansas State University's Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss (PHLIL) funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. She assists the director to manage program operations in partner countries, manages the M&E requirements to USAID, and communicates to broader stakeholders on program activities, ultimately helping the lab secure dual benefits to partner countries and Kansas/U.S. agriculture alike.
Barnard recently served as director of study abroad in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, where she oversaw partner relations with about 20 institutions around the globe. She directed matters related to inbound and outbound student mobility including marketing, outreach, event planning and agreement management. In that role, she assisted faculty and staff in the college to implement international programs for students related to food and agricultural studies during winter and summer breaks, doubling the number of programs in her three-year tenure.