Jake Palley

Program Manager, Global Cancer Prevention

Jake serves as a Program Manager for the Global Cancer Prevention team. In that role Jake promotes tobacco taxation and HPV vaccines as key, high-impact vehicles for preventing cancer in low-and middle-income countries.

Jake moved to Washington after graduating from Duke University with a Master of Public Policy in 2009. He worked under the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, with the aim of improving lives by reducing global mercury use. In 2011 Jake joined the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), where he worked across Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the East Asia Pacific region. As both a Program & Financial Compliance Officer and the Coordinator for Latin America & the Caribbean, he focused on grants management and provided technical assistance on a variety of tobacco control policies. In 2016-2017 he spearheaded a campaign on banning additives in five South American countries, and in 2018 developed primers on tobacco products such as IQOS and JUUL. In addition, Jake worked with CTFK’s Global Health Advocacy Incubator, gaining experience in obesity prevention policies and advocacy work.

In all that he does, Jake draws heavily upon his time from Peace Corps (2004-2006), where he served as an Environmental Education volunteer in rural Ca’azapá, Paraguay. Jake speaks English, Spanish, Guaraní, and Brazilian Portuguese.