NYU Abu Dhabi's Chief of Staff serves as the principal aide and logistics manager for the Vice Chancellor.
The Chief of Staff addresses high-level issues, policies and situations involving all aspects of NYU Abu Dhabi’s administrative and academic operations, and provides leadership and direction for the Vice Chancellor's strategic planning initiatives, financial planning, project management, intra/inter-organizational governance, and select program development activities.
The Chief of Staff promotes an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment at NYU Abu Dhabi.
Jessica Sederquist received her BA in International Relations and Women and Gender Studies from San Francisco State University, including a year at the University of Ghana in Accra. She holds a Master of Public Administration from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.
Most recently, Jessica served as Chief of Staff to NYU’s Senior Vice President for Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation, addressing high-level issues and policies and representing the office with faculty, researchers, staff, students, alumni, and senior administrators, as well as government and community leaders. In that context, she has visited NYU Abu Dhabi campus several times.
Prior to joining NYU, she was with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, joining as executive assistant and project coordinator and eventually in charge of managing strategic initiatives and planning in Mariet Westermann's office, which oversaw all of the Foundation’s grantmaking and research programs. She had come to the Mellon Foundation from a key programming role at the African Film Festival in New York City. At Mellon, she also co-chaired the nternal committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.