P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Nadine Duplessy Kearns, 1998

Vice President Program Officer, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Nadine Duplessy Kearns is an immigrant from Haiti

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MPA in Public Affairs and International Trade and Development Economics at Tufts University

Nadine Duplessy Kearns is Vice President Program Officer responsible for leading JP Morgan Chase Global Philanthropy’s engagement in the Greater Washington Region (DC, MD, and VA). 

She has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising and philanthropy, international development and board and community leadership. She co-founded the Haitian Ladies Network®, a global professional and social organization connecting over 95,000 women and girls of Haitian descent to build community, share inspiration, celebrate Haitian culture, and lead change in their communities. (www.haitianladies.org).

Nadine was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She came to the United States at age eleven to live in Dorchester, Massachusetts. At Harvard College, she was co-founder of the Harvard-Radcliffe Haitian Alliance, serving neighboring Haitian communities, and was a translator for the New England Observers Delegation, which assessed human rights conditions in Haiti in 1994. 

She attended the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, where she received a master's in development economics, trade and commercial policies.

In addition to being selected in the 1998 inaugural class of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, she was also awarded a 2010 American Express Foundation, Aspen Institute Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders, and  2011 Women of Color Policy Network Lead the Way Fellowship.

  • MPA Public Affairs, International Trade and Development Economics | Tufts University 2000
  • AB East Asian Studies | Harvard University 1996
Work History
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co., Vice President Program Officer | February 2023 - PRESENT
  • Meyer Foundation, Director, DC Partnerships & Strategy | April 2018 - January 2023
  • National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI), Vice President of Operations
  • Founder and President, AccessED
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