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 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.

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