Jayme Cloninger, Vice President and Director of Strategic Partnerships
Jayme Cloninger, recently nominated for an Excellence in Advocacy Award as an "Up and Coming Practitioner" by the Professional Women in Advocacy Association, serves as Vice President and Director of Strategic Partnerships at Merchant McIntyre.
Prior to joining Merchant McIntyre, Jayme served as Manager of Public Policy at Feed the Children, one of the largest charities in the U.S. Jayme established Feed's first government relations department, designed two new domestic child nutrition programs, and conducted original research to inform policymakers on the Farm Bill and Child Nutrition Reauthorization.
Jayme has eight years of issue-based community organizing and advocacy experience. At the Enough Project, Jayme served as Campaign Organizer for the Raise Hope for Congo Campaign, where she developed and managed the first partnership network of 40 faith-based organizations focused on the conflict in eastern Congo. Jayme assisted in developing strategies involving conflict minerals and section 1502 of Dodd-Frank, justice and security sector reform, Congolese civil society, and the arrest of Bosco Ntaganda.
As a Public Policy consultant for Food for the Hungry, Jayme organized advocacy and policy efforts targeting child survival and maternal health, food security, gender issues, and worked with the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) to help launch the Evangelicals for Climate Adaptation initiative.
Jayme is a faith-driven activist for human rights, gender-based violence prevention, and the eradication of poverty. Jayme is an MBA student at Georgetown's McDonogh School of Business and a blue belt instructor in Krav Maga. She was raised in rural North Carolina, and attended Samford University, where she received her B.A. in Political Science. Jayme has started the lifelong journey of finishing the Christian pilgrimage in Spain - the Camino de Santiago.