Jayme Hommer brings more than ten years of development experience to the Upaya team. As Development Director, she works to raise the funds needed to bring life changing jobs to India's extreme poor. Jayme has worked for a variety of causes, including education reform in Washington, DC, theater, health care, and higher education. She was a major gift officer for Georgetown University Medical Center, where she was charged with developing a pipeline of individual donors for the University's neuroscience program, including individuals and foundations. While at Georgetown, she was part of the team that launched Music for the Mind, a successful signature event for supporting young neuroscientist.
Before joining Georgetown, Jayme spent five years at Unitus, a high-growth microfinance network that provided capacity building consulting services and access to capital for 27 microfinance institutions in the developing world. Previously, Jayme worked for the Children's Tumor Foundation, which raises funds to support scientific research on neurofibromatosis as well as programs to support children and families with neurofibromatosis.
Jayme holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington.