Abigail Cohen graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Economics
and Hispanic studies. After graduation, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural
community in southwestern Paraguay. As a community economic development volunteer, Abby
worked closely with local youth to develop their leadership and entrepreneurship skills, and she
facilitated various community development projects with local counterparts, including two
capacity building workshops for more than 100 students and teachers. In addition to her work in
her community, Abby served on the steering committee for Peace Corps Paraguay’s national
entrepreneurship initiative, and she was the regional representative for volunteers in her
department. Upon returning to the U.S., Abby continued pursuing a career in the international
development sector, working for two USAID implementing partners, Democracy International
and Chemonics International.She provided home office program management support for various 
development programs in Latin America and Asia, primarily in the democracy, rights, and governance 
and economic growth sectors. In addition to supporting long-term program implementation, 
Abby helped coordinate a violence prevention conference in Ciudad Juárez,
Mexico, and provided on-the-ground fieldwork support for a peacebuilding program evaluation 
in Southern Thailand and a conflict assessment in Indonesia. At Jackson, Abby will study
international development, with a regional focus on Latin America.