Natalie Jesionka is the Founder of Global Elective – a new voice for travelers seeking deep and honest conversations about the complexity of travel and the real meaning of impact in the field. As an advocate for ethical travel, she penned the column “Travel Mirror” for The Daily Muse, is the Founder and Editor of Shatter the Looking Glass, an online magazine focused on ethical travel, and taught Human Rights, and Human Trafficking at Rutgers University.
Born in New Jersey to Polish immigrant parents, Natalie grew up listening to her mother tell stories about the challenges of life under Communism. Fueled by her family’s sacrifice, Natalie was determined to be an agent of change, helping others around the world realize their ambitions and secure a better future for themselves.
Additionally, Natalie is a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. During her time with Fulbright, Natalie researched stateless Hill Tribes in Thailand. Her work examining the origins of human trafficking led to a partnership with Shine Global, an Oscar Award-winning nonprofit production company.
Natalie is also active in the non-profit sector, having served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA and on the advisory board of Giving Way. Above all, Natalie is an agent of change, committed to helping students navigate complex global issues, and cultivating the next generation of leaders and world travellers.
“The travel industry is so curated, it can be intimidating for non-traditional travellers to take the first step to travel. Global Elective is a platform that creates a space for people to get out in the world, and talk about the complexity of movement. We are excited to carve out a new space to talk about ethical travel and our impact in the field.” Natalie Jesionka