Jessica Wolff

Program Director



Jessica Sadye Wolff is an urban planner and policy researcher who works at the intersection of migration, displacement and urban development globally. At Stanford University’s Immigration Policy Lab, she leads the Migration and Development Initiative where she manages multidisciplinary teams to co-design, implement and evaluate evidence-based global migration programs and policies with government and INGO partners. She is responsible for strategic partnership development, project development and program design, research management, and fundraising. She is also a Visiting Assistant Professor and teaches graduate urban planning courses at Pratt University.

Jessica holds a Master in City Planning degree from MIT and a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from Tufts University. Before joining IPL, Jessica worked as an urban migration research consultant with organizations including the International Rescue Committee, where she co-authored “Urban Refuge,” a global study of city policies for the inclusion of displaced populations. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal.