Rona Beresh is a first-year M.A. candidate at the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs, where she focuses on innovative ways to address under-employment in conflict-affected areas, particularly in the Middle East. Rona joins the institute following two years based in Amman, Jordan. Most recently, she worked with USAID and Jordan’s private sector to pilot the first micro-franchising initiative in the country. Prior to that role, Rona oversaw a project to establish micro-enterprise incubators to support Syrian refugee and Jordanian women as they became business owners. She relocated to Jordan from New York City, where she held a corporate role at Momofuku. Rona graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a triple major in comparative literature, Arabic and Islamic studies, and Hebrew and Judaic cultural studies. While at Michigan, she received multiple awards for her literary translation work in both Arabic and Hebrew and served as editor-in-chief of the campus literary translation journal. Rona also received numerous fellowships to support her study of Arabic, including the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study in Amman, Jordan, and the U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship to study in Rabat, Morocco. Rona grew up between New York, Michigan, and Jerusalem.