As Deputy Director, Abja works with The Education Trust–New York team to lead and support an equity agenda to eliminate the gaps in equity, opportunity, and achievement that hold back too many students from reaching their full potential, especially those who are low-income or students of color.
Prior to joining Ed Trust–NY, Abja was a Project Director at Advocates for Children of New York. At AFC, Abja engaged in legal and policy advocacy on behalf of immigrant students, English Language Learners, students with disabilities and over-age, under-credited youth.
A New York native, Abja has a J.D. from Yale Law School and majored in Economics and International Relations at Brown University.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Traveling and attending live performances (plays, dance, and music)
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
As an advocate for low-income parents of color, I regularly heard from clients and community partners about their frustrations with their local schools, including the limited resources and opportunities available to their children. I am excited to be part of Ed Trust and advocate for policies and initiatives that promote educational equity and ensure that all students have access to programs that will set them on a path to bright futures.