Jess Turk-Browne

Belarus Resident Director

In her current role as Resident Director for Belarus, Jess Turk-Browne manages an extensive program portfolio that includes public opinion research; political party training; and overseeing technical assistance to an NDI subgrantee. Ms. Turk Browne has developed online training curricula and materials and has extensive experience in training political parties with both NDI and her previous positions. Ms. Turk-Browne has more than 19 years of experience supporting political party organizing and citizen engagement, including 11 years of political experience in Canada. She previously managed NDI programs and staff in Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Armenia and Russia. Prior to her time at NDI, Ms. Turk-Browne served in both campaign and governance-related positions with Canada’s New Democratic Party. She was Deputy National Campaign Director and Deputy Chief of Staff to the leader of the official opposition in the national parliament. She also worked for the labor movement in Canada as a communications specialist and started her career as a youth organizer with the Canadian Federation of Students. Ms. Turk-Browne holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Carleton University in Ottawa and certificates in adult education and financial management. 


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