Life in the field: Careers in humanitarian response

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“I started out by chance; I didn’t know anything like this career existed,” said Jessica Alexander of her 15 years in humanitarian aid.

Alexander, who quit her marketing job at a young age to pursue humanitarian work, has held positions in Darfur, Sri Lanka and Haiti —  to name a few — and the field has kept calling her back despite her best efforts to settle down or take a position at headquarters.

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    Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Bangkok, she covers disaster and crisis response, innovation, women’s rights, and development trends throughout Asia. Prior to her current post, she covered leadership, careers, and the USAID implementer community from Washington, D.C. Previously, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.