Jessica Beckerman

b. April 2, 1984

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Jessica Beckerman until we are able to commission a full entry.

Jessica Beckerman with children helped by her maternal and child health organization, Muso.

Photo courtesy of Jessica Beckerman.

In 2005, while still an undergraduate at Brown, Jessica Beckerman co-founded Muso, an organization that works to eliminate maternal and child mortality in the developing world through a combination of health care and preventative medicine. Muso’s model for proactive doorstep healthcare was based on Beckerman’s experiences as an HIV researcher in Mali, where she regularly saw children dying of HIV and other preventable or curable illnesses. Beckerman earned a BA in international development in 2006 and returned to Mali as a Fulbright Scholar in 2007, continuing to build Muso’s model and team. She then joined Partners in Health as a project manager, designing health systems for marginalized patients. She earned a medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco in 2014 and was a resident physician in San Francisco until 2018. Since 2018, she has been an OBGYN in Oakland, CA. But her primary focus has remained Muso, which has grown to include 500+ staff, serving millions of patients, and cutting the child mortality rate ten-fold in Muso communities. In 2021, Beckerman and her husband, Ari Johnson, were named the recipients of the Charles Bronfman Prize for Jewish humanitarians.   

Jessica Beckerman is a grantee of the Jewish Women’s Fund of New York (JWFNY), and is featured as part of a partnership between JWA and JWFNY spotlighting Jewish women social entrepreneurs.


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Jessica Beckerman." (Viewed on April 17, 2024) <>.