Brown University
Public Policy

Jonelle Ahiligwo

Jonelle Ahiligwo


Areas of Interest: Domestic and global health policy, health disparities, environmental policy, international development.


Interested in international perspectives, Jonelle focused on global health and international health systems, particularly in Africa, while earning bachelor's degrees in biology and public health at Brown University. During the summer of 2015, Jonelle was a GlobeMed GROW Intern in Nairobi, Kenya, where she worked  for a grassroots organization that focuses on gender equality and sexual health in the Mukuru slums of Nairobi. She also worked as a student assistant at Brown’s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, gaining firsthand experience of the impact of inequitable policies on the health of certain communities and minority populations. Jonelle is dedicated to closing the health-related gaps between underserved populations and the majority, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on environmental health. She is from Chico, California, by way of Nigeria.