Jessica Carter joined Keen Independent as a
Research Assistant to contribute to the research efforts of the firm. Jessica has prior experience with Doing Business North America (DBNA), the project led by Arizona State University’s The Center for the Study of Economic Liberty, W. P. Carey School of Business and the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership.
Over the course of the DBNA project, Jessica gained valuable experience related to entrepreneurship and the barriers faced by small and emerging businesses. DBNA analyzed more than 12,000 data points to rank cities in North America on how easy or difficult it is to start a business. Jessica was one of only a small group of contributing undergraduate students.
Prior to this assignment, Jessica worked on electoral campaigns for the
Maricopa County Democratic Party. While serving in this capacity, Jessica recruited, trained and managed volunteers, coordinated campaign strategy and developed and ran the countywide texting program.
Jessica’s academic research focused on Latin America during the Cold War and how the implications of the war affected modern-day economics and immigration practices. As a key component of her research, Jessica studied Argentina and Nicaragua in depth.
Jessica earned a Bachelor of Arts in History as well as a Certificate in Economic Justice from Arizona State University.