Jay Locke is from Decorah, Iowa. He graduated with honors from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia, with a BSc 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 gain experience in financial and operational audit with SunTrust Banks and Newell Rubbermaid and was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant. More recently, he served as a Community Economic Development advisor for the U.S. Peace Corps in Kakamega, Kenya. While there he facilitated the development of Village Savings & Loan Association microfinance projects with community groups, helped start a social enterprise for assisting aspiring entrepreneurs, and gave instrumental music lessons for young musicians. During his time at the Jackson Institute, Jay has taken classes in African studies, economics, finance and statistical analysis. He hopes to pursue a career related to African governance and statistical capacity development.