Jason Wendle serves as LaMP’s strategy lead, drawing on 20 years of initiative building experience in the social impact space. Since 2020, Jason has been guiding LaMP to turn a world-changing idea into concrete demonstrations of impact supported by a robust and adaptive organization. Jason comes to LaMP from the Global Development Incubator where he founded the People on the Move initiative, which spans across labor mobility, refugee economic inclusion, and combatting human trafficking; and he is strategy advisor to Malengo. Prior to LaMP, Jason was the inaugural Director of Strategy and Programs for the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS). He guided deployment of $80M to transform systems of slavery in high-prevalence sectors and grow the evidence base for the field. Previously, Jason launched and directed the Mastercard Foundation Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab, one of GDI’s efforts to shape the smallholder finance sector.
Before GDI, Jason helped establish and build the Nairobi office of Dalberg. Over seven years, he advised the world’s largest private foundations, donor countries, international institutions, African governments, Fortune 100 firms, and upstart innovators on achieving greater impact in agriculture, energy, technology, finance, economic growth, and poverty reduction. Jason serves on the boards of Malengo, Justice Rising, and LaMP. He holds an MPA/ID from Harvard’s Kennedy School and has published and presented on migration, modern slavery, agricultural finance, impact investment, and impact measurement. Jason is based in Washington DC.