Jay Locke is from Decorah, Iowa. He graduated with honors from Oglethorpe University in 2011 with a bachelor of science degree in accounting and a minor in economics. As an undergraduate student, he designed and managed a rural agriculture research project for an NGO in Mewat, India, and completed an internship in corporate internal audit for Newell Rubbermaid, a manufacturing company in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating, he continued to accumulate experience in corporate internal audit with SunTrust Banks and Newell Rubbermaid and was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant. Starting in 2013, he served as a Community Economic Development advisor for the Peace Corps in Kakamega, Kenya. While there he facilitated the development of Village Savings & Loan Association microfinance projects and small businesses with community groups, and developed an interest in the historical legacies and statistical measurement of African economies. At Yale, Jay focuses on African economic history and improving statistical capacity in African states.