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.

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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.