Jel D. Luma attends Babson College. Jel is from Brewerville City, Liberia, and she lives with her mother, who is a homemaker, and her father, who is an electrician. She was the valedictorian of her high school class and was also awarded the prestigious Ellen Johnson Academic Excellence award in 2016. While in high school, Jel served as secretary and later, president, of the Elegant Girls Guide Club (EGG). The EGG aims to raise awareness about issues girls face in their day to day lives such as peer pressure, sexual harassment, and sexual exploitation. Jel is also a founding member of the Partners for Education- Liberia, a non- profit youth organization which aims at inspiring education, leadership, and entrepreneurship. She has helped inspire over 3,500 students and teachers. In August of 2018, Jel attended a week-long HIV/AIDS workshop. Upon completion, she volunteered to work as a peer educator and spread the information she learned – her work influenced 500+ people to take an HIV test and know their status.
Jel’s area of interest is entrepreneurship and sustainable food system. Since she has experienced hunger, she has a passion for changing Liberia’s food system while keeping the environment green and safe. She has been a part of several projects conducted by Partners for Education, which is an organization that educates people on environmentalism.