Jailan is a seasoned social impact executive and strategist with experience navigating organizations through pivotal transitions and periods of growth. Jailan leads GoodCitizen’s east coast hub and supports the organization’s business development and strategic initiatives. Jailan joined GoodCitizen to help social sector organizations find extraordinary leaders to move the needle forward on complex challenges.
Prior to joining GoodCitizen, Jailan served as a turnaround CEO at RefuSHE, an award-winning NGO that supports refugee girls, young women, and children in East Africa. There, she led a leadership transition to shift the organization’s strategic decision-making and CEO position to Kenya, where the organization’s operations are located. Jailan believes that proximate leadership holds the key to long-lasting sustainable impact.
Jailan has spent her career forging mutually beneficial partnerships between diverse stakeholders from the private, public, and social sectors to build the capacity of impact-driven initiatives, individuals, and organizations. Through her work with PYXERA Global and Taproot Foundation, she supported numerous corporate social responsibility programs for Fortune 500 companies including IBM, Novartis, SAP, MetLife, John Deere, and Medtronic in more than 20 countries. She has created and led global fluency workshops to prepare business professionals to provide high-caliber consulting services to enterprises, entrepreneurs, and NGOs in emerging and frontier markets.
Jailan holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from The George Washington University. She spent the early years of her career working to develop sustainable tourism strategies in Egypt, Lebanon, Jamaica, and Morocco. Jailan loves sharing her incredible travel stories and tips for finding the best off-the-beaten-path destinations around the world!
Areas of Expertise: Global Development | Workforce & Education | Women, Girls, & Refugees | Leadership Transitions | Corporate Philanthropy