Where can your nontraditional background take you?

Jake Harriman, founder and CEO of Nuru International, explains why more development organizations need to embrace nontraditional skills.

Jake Harriman left his career in the Marine Corps and enrolled at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business to build an organization that could help rid the world of extreme poverty — and to fight terrorism and insurgency from another angle.

Harriman has now blazed a trail for other veterans to pursue development work, and Nuru International’s projects in Africa attract a steady flow of special operations unit veterans.

About the author

  • Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers has worked as an Associate Editor and Southeast Asia Correspondent for Devex, with a particular focus on gender. 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 reported from more than 20 countries.

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