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 is an Associate Editor for Devex. Based on the U.S. West Coast, she works with Devex's team of correspondents and editors around the world, with a particular focus on gender. She previously worked as Devex’s Southeast Asia correspondent based in Bangkok, covering disaster and crisis response, resilience, women’s rights, and climate change throughout the region. Prior to that, 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.