Olivera Jankovska, of Houston, Texas, a 2011 graduate of agricultural and applied economics was named the Outstanding Recent Graduate Alumna of Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on April 20, 2018, at the annual college alumni awards ceremony.

Jankovska is a UNICEF Global Citizenship Fellow, a highly coveted position that uses community engagement to create transformational change in the lives of children around the world. In this role, she works with faith-based organizations, academic communities, independent volunteers, political appointees, and other advocates providing education and resources on topics that include public health, immunizations, and child equality.

The alumna holds two professional positions in addition to her role with UNICEF. She is a nonresident scholar at Rice University where she contributes analysis on electricity and gas markets. She is also a manager at Essentia Advisory Partners, where she conducts research and serves as a consultant on questions regarding energy policy, environmental regulations, and international trade and development.

She received the 2017 President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national award that recognizes outstanding volunteer service, for her volunteer contributions that exceed contractual commitments and expectations.

She is active in the Houston Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association.