Jenni founded Daraja Academy with her husband, Jason, in 2009. She designed many of the programs that make Daraja so unique, and plays a critical role each year in choosing the next class of Daraja girls. Jenni wrote the W.I.S.H. (Women of Integrity, Strength, and Hope) curriculum, a 4-year series of women’s empowerment classes which have been enormously popular with the Daraja students. The Doherty family, including their toddler, has alternated between living in the Bay Area and on the Daraja campus in Kenya. While in the U.S., Jenni works with donors to provide continued support for Daraja Academy. While in Kenya, Jenni further develops Daraja’s programing and spends as much time with the girls as she can. Jenni holds a B.A. in English Literature from Sonoma State University. She is very passionate about women’s rights, and strongly believes in the power of educating girls.
Jason Doherty, Founder
Jason grew up in northern California, and received his BA in International Relations from the University of San Diego in 1998. He then moved to Tanzania to teach at a secondary school for six months, where he discovered his passion for teaching. Upon returning home, he earned his teaching credential at Dominican University in 2004 and taught in the public school system for six years as a mentor teacher. He was selected as Solano County’s Teacher of the Year in 2007. In 2008, he moved with his wife, Jenni, to Kenya to start Daraja Academy.
Bethany Hardy, Communications and Development Associate
Bethany has an MA in Rhetoric and Composition from Brigham Young University. She has been a fan of Daraja since the beginning and even spent several months on campus before starting her graduate program. Prior to joining the Daraja team, she was a children’s librarian and a college writing instructor. She believes that a good education has the power to change lives and that an educated girl has the power to change the world.