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Una Chapman Cox Foundation

1200 18th Street, Ste. 902 Washington, D.C. 20036 Phone: (202) 331-3918 Email:

Jo Ellen Powell, Executive Director

Ambassador Jo Ellen Powell served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Resources (2016-2017), U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania (2010-2013), and Consul General in Frankfurt, Germany (2006-2009).  She grew up in a Foreign Service family, living in Panama, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, India, Iran, and Laos.

Ms. Powell joined the Foreign Service in January 1980 and has served in Jordan, Lebanon, Italy, France, Australia, Germany, and Mauritania, in addition to domestic assignments including the Operations Center, the Bureaus of European Affairs and Western Hemisphere Affairs, the Bureau of Human Resources, and the Office of the Secretary, Executive Secretariat.  Ms. Powell is a graduate of Centre College of Kentucky.

Alexis Alexander-Jackson, Program Manager

Alexis Alexander-Jackson started at the Cox Foundation in April of 2022. Prior to joining the Una Chapman Cox Foundation, Alexis worked as an administrative intern at the World Affairs Council – Houston, researching potential sponsors for fundraising events that promoted international cultural education. She also worked as an assistant for the Counseling and Disabilities Services at the University of St. Thomas – Houston, marketing and organizing outreach events catered towards student wellness. Furthermore, she also had student experience working as an Assistant Vice President for an Executive Student Organization, planning and implementing different programs catered towards diverse student population groups on campus. Alexis is currently working towards a masters degree in Public Policy from American University and holds a BA in International Studies from the University of St. Thomas – Houston.