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Aasha M. Abdill

Strategy and Learning Manager, Public Square

Aasha M. Abdill is the Strategy and Learning Manager, Public Square at Democracy Fund, an independent foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Aasha supports program learning and strategy development, develops metrics, and manages external evaluation consultants for the Public Square team. ​

Aasha brings extensive experience in leading efforts to assess and enhance the significant impact of programming with an equity lens. Prior to Democracy Fund, Aasha was an independent research and evaluation consultant working with community-based organizations and local and state initiatives committed to addressing the systemic barriers to reducing racial and ethnic disparities in outcome achievement for youth, families and communities. Her most recent work includes supporting philanthropic efforts in increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of those providing valuable skills, insights and scholarship to the research and evaluation used to guide grantmaking so that decisions are more relevant, culturally competent, and equitable. Aasha is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow, a global network of activists and scholars committed to social justice while upholding the values of human rights, pluralism, and democracy. She is the author of Fathering in the Margins, a sociological investigation of the myths and realities of paternal parenting in Black communities.

Aasha holds a masters in quantitative methodology from Columbia University and a doctorate in sociology from Princeton University with concentrations in organizational theory, race and ethnic studies, and community studies. For undergraduate studies, she is a proud alumna of a historically Black college, Spelman College, and even prouder alumna of the Brooklyn School of Hard Knocks.