Jen Olson

Jen Olson joined ONE in August 2012 as Deputy Director of U.S. Government Relations. From 2003-2010, Jen served as Legislative Director for Senator Lindsey Graham. She was named one of the “Hill 100” by National Journal in 2005. Ms. Olson earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.

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The final legislative steps for Electrify Africa Act

You’ve written letters, made calls, held meetings, tweeted… frankly, you’ve done all we could have ever asked for (and more) for this moment.  We are hearing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is planning to schedule H.R. 2548, the Electrify Africa Act, for a vote by the full House of Representatives as soon as nex......
Electrify Africa Act budget wonkery explained

Electrify Africa Act budget wonkery explained

We have gotten a lot of questions about how the Electrify Africa Act (H.R. 2548) can actually reduce the budget deficit while helping to increase energy access by 50 million people by 2020. Sounds kind of crazy, right? Luckily, it’s not thanks to the novel investment-based approach this bill takes.
Urgent: Make sure we have enough money to fight poverty in 2014 and 2015

Urgent: Make sure we have enough money to fight poverty in 2014 and 2015

Want to make sure that no child is born with HIV? Make sure we have enough money to fund life-saving development programs over the next two years.  We never thought it would really happen, but it did.  Led by Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., last night the House passed a bipartisan budget&......
The Budget Battle: Wow, we did it!

The Budget Battle: Wow, we did it!

Given the budget situation in the U.S., we never thought we’d get to write these words, but… we did it!  In a time of budget austerity – with fewer dollars available to spend and sequestration imposing further across-the-board cuts – protecting lifesaving programs seemed like an impossible task.  However, thanks......
An update on the budget resolutions…

An update on the budget resolutions…

Jen Olson, ONE’s Deputy Director of US Government Relations, keeps us posted on budget resolutions and what they mean for foreign assistance in the future. Late last week, the House and Senate passed their budget resolutions, which outline each chamber’s tax and spending priorities for the year. In the House, Republic......