Jacqueline Frank has over 25 years of international media experience. After a long career working in movies and television, specializing in documentaries which took her to over 50 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe, Jacqueline decided to take a mid-career break, and returned to school full time at Columbia University’s SIPA (School of International and Public Affairs). She attained a Master’s Degree in 2005, focusing on human rights and post-conflict development. Since graduation she has moved from the commercial sector into non-profit project management.
Projects worked on since moving into the non-profit sector have included being Team Leader of a Monitoring and Evaluation Team for the US State Department's MEPI (Middle East Partnership Initiative),in collaboration with MSI. The team evaluated 21 MEPI funded media projects in four countries in the Middle East (Yemen, Jordan, Tunis and Lebanon). Other projects include running a 20-month project for UNDP, working as Regional Project Manager for the Media Capacity Development Programme of the Africa Adaptation Programme. The project involved training 500 journalists in 20 African countries on communicating and covering climate change.
Additional projects include serving as Country Director for IREX in Iraq and Serbia, running a media development program there focused on building independent, professional, and economically self-sustaining news media sectors; supervising a 30-hour television drama series in Egypt for Search for Common Ground, producing the Warner Brothers documentary Darfur Now, and training broadcast journalists in Bangladesh as a Knight International Press Fellow.
Previous film and television projects Jacqueline worked on included Lonely Planet, Globetrekker, Law & Order, and Sophie’s Choice. She is a long-standing member of the Director’s Guild of America, and a former Board Member of New York Women in Film and Television.
Ms. Frank holds both a US and German passport, born and raised in New York City, she speaks French and German, and is currently residing in Nairobi, Kenya.