Senior Vice President of External Affairs
Jessie Krafft began her tenure with CAF America in 2011, and currently serves as the Senior Vice President of External Affairs. In her current role, she manages the External Affairs Donor Services, and Thought Leadership teams and coordinate strategy and operational management with the Business Development and Grant Services teams. Jessie also plays a management role with CAF America’s two subsidiaries, serving on the Management Committee of the CAF American Donor Fund and overseeing CAF Canada’s program operations. She is a leading expert in international grantmaking from the U.S. and Canada as well as in local country laws on foreign funding.
Prior to joining the CAF America staff, Jessie worked for 1.5 years as a volunteer visitor coordinator, tutor, and child caretaker at an orphanage in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. As the visitor coordinator, she successfully coordinated several orthopedic surgical brigades that serviced the home and the surrounding communities. Her time working at the orphanage in Honduras inspired her to continue this work by helping foreign nonprofits gain access to generous U.S. donors with CAF America’s support.
In her spare time Jessie enjoys playing guitar and cooking.
Jessie completed her Masters in International Development at American University, and holds a B.A. in Spanish and a B.S. in Anthropology, graduating summa cum laude from the honors college at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has a certificate in Nonprofit Executive Management from Georgetown University. Jessie is fluent in Spanish as proven by her Spanish Certificate of Translation and Interpretation from her alma mater. She is certified in Anti-Money Laundering (AML/CFT) by the Society of Tax and Estate Professionals (STEP).