Jewlya is a facilitator, advisor, and researcher who works with leaders dedicated to making a difference in the world by solving complex problems. She began this work 15 years ago managing a project to transform public systems in response to the Columbine school shooting, and then founded an organization dedicated to supporting systemic change—Spark Policy Institute. After transitioning Spark to new leadership, she’s now working directly with leaders throughout the United States and around the world on issues that affect us all, from climate change and nuclear security to building healthy communities and ecosystems. Jewlya has served as a facilitator, evaluator, and strategy partner to major U.S. and international initiatives, including the National Science Foundation’s EarthCube Initiative (building cyber infrastructure for the 21st century), ClimateWorks’ Sustainable Finance Initiative, the Ford Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies’ Narrative Initiative (dedicated to building fairer, more inclusive societies), and the BUILD Health Challenge (creating a new national norm and model for achieving community health), among others.
I am most excited in working on projects that… engage partners from multiple sectors and disciplines in working together to find and test innovative solutions to complex systemic problems.
I am looking for partners that can help me… apply a systems lens to finding ways to move the needle on nuclear security in the U.S. and globally.
A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… working with leaders who are bold enough to tackle the biggest and messiest problems and confident enough to admit uncertainty about how to solve them.
Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… involve changing the broader social narratives that underly many of the beliefs we hold about how government and society should function.