Aria Grabowski serves as deputy director for ICRW’s policy and advocacy portfolio, and spearheads ICRW’s U.S. Government-facing policy and advocacy. She also is a co-chair of the Girls not Brides USA coalition and the Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equality. She also leads the Congressional working group and co-leads the Administration working group for the Coalition for a Feminist Foreign Policy in the U.S. Aria is also a member of the Coalition to End Gender-Based Violence Globally and the International Family Planning Coalition, including the legislative committee.
Aria has over 10 years of experience in international development, including overseas experience in South Sudan, Lesotho, Ghana, and the Caribbean doing health and youth development work. She also has over five years of experience working on policy and advocacy in Washington, and has worked for the ONE Campaign tracking Ebola funding and as a Senior Policy Advisor at Oxfam. At Oxfam she focused on global and U.S. advocacy to make aid and development finance more effective, and ensure it was inclusive of the most vulnerable populations. She focused on ensuring gender was mainstreamed in foreign assistance, women’s economic empowerment, transparency and accountability, U.S. appropriations, and pushing for an inclusive development driven U.S. Development Finance Corporation. Aria published a research paper, while with Oxfam, that used publicly available information to assess the quality of major donors’ gender funding, including those with feminist policies, in an attempt to hold them accountable to their commitments.