Abja leads HERE to HERE’s Work-Based Learning Labs, which seeks to integrate work-based learning into school curriculum and design across New York City, starting in the Bronx. Abja works with internal and external stakeholders to advance work-based learning at scale, including developing strong relationships as a trusted advisor to education, community-based organizations, and government partners.
Prior to her role at H2H, Abja was Deputy Director at The Education Trust – New York, where she partnered with organizations across New York State to advocate for the elimination of gaps in equity and opportunity that prevent students from succeeding.
Prior to The Education Trust – New York, Abja was Project Director at Advocates for Children of New York where she led policy advocacy on behalf of immigrant students, English Language Learners, students with disabilities, and over-age under-credited youth in New York City public schools. She also led the Coalition for Multiple Pathways to a Diploma, a statewide coalition that successfully advocated for changes to New York high school graduation requirements.
Abja graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s in Economics and International Relations and earned her J.D from Yale Law School.
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