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Jessica Hobart

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Jessica HobartJessica Hobart
IRB Board Member

Jessica Hobart has been involved in advocating for the needs of patients with the rare disease, mastocytosis, since 1996. She is a trustee of the UK Mastocytosis Support Group. She has also served on the board of The Mastocytosis Society, where, as Chair for Research, she launched its first fundraising campaign to provide grants to researchers and helped establish a network of researchers who continue to collaborate to move the mastocytosis research agenda forward. She has represented mastocytosis patients at research conferences and meetings of medical specialists and has advised drug companies on study design for the mastocytosis community. She was Associate Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she also worked at its Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs to raise awareness about the threat of nuclear, chemical and biological terrorism in the era before 9/11. More recently she has researched and written on health system reform in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe with faculty from the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She holds a masters degree in public health from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and a masters degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government as well as a BA from Swarthmore College.

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