Aria Grabowski serves as policy and advocacy manager at ICRW. She is also co-chair of Girls Not Brides USA.
Aria has a background in public health, having previously worked at the ONE Campaign tracking Ebola funding and at the Carter Center focusing on disease eradication in South Sudan. Prior to ICRW, Aria worked as a Senior Policy Advisor at Oxfam, where she focused on global and US 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, US appropriations, and pushing for an inclusive development driven US Development Finance Corporation. Aria recently 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.
Besides her work in South Sudan, Aria has worked in Lesotho, Ghana, and the Caribbean doing health and youth development work.