Abt is committed to centering equity within our operations and our programming. Taking an equity-centered approach allows us to deliver on our mission to improve the quality of life and economic wellbeing of people worldwide. Our equity team works across projects, bringing a rights-based, anti-racist, and feminist approach to all of our work. They're available to help your organization unpack the links among identities, such as gender, race, disability, and sexual orientation, as well as to understand the connections between identity and social inclusion.
Meet the people who can help your organization achieve your Equity goals:
Roslyn M. Brock
Chief Global Equity Officer
Roslyn M. Brock is a nationally recognized civil rights, health policy, and equity advocate. Brock has 30-plus years of experience providing strategic consultation to corporate boards, executive leadership teams, non-profit organizations, and institutions on talent acquisition, community engagement, capital investments, and risk mitigation. As Abt Associates' Chief Global Equity Officer, Brock is designing an external and internal global equity, diversity, and inclusion strategy to advance Abt's mission and drive business results. She also guides related investments across all business functions, co-creating methods, tools, and capabilities to support an inclusive culture, market development, and external partnerships.
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Brooke Abrams is a Research Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Analyst and Abt's Global Equity Center's Racial Equity Lead. Brooke brings more than seven years of experience with expertise in culturally responsive, equitable technical assistance and research evaluation approaches. Abrams leads with systems transformation and theory of change frameworks that span the following areas of expertise: housing programs and policies, the social determinants of health, child and family-serving systems, economic wellbeing, and criminal justice reform. She is skilled in communicating findings to technical and non-technical audiences. Abrams applies her lived expertise in homelessness and first-generation, low-income college and postsecondary STEM preparedness to inform her equitable TA&I strategies.
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Vice President of Systems Transformation and Collaborative Ventures
Frank L. Alexander is a nationally recognized leader with 30-plus years of experience in improving and creating innovative cross-sector health, housing, and human services strategic partnerships and approaches. In his role at Abt, Alexander creates integrated, upstream solutions and transformative change at the local, state, and federal levels to improve outcomes for communities, families, and children in the United States and internationally. He supports federal partners in the U.S. and leads organizational strategy to operationalize integrated, social determinants of health approaches, focusing on child and family wellbeing, health, and economic mobility.
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Katrina L. Bledsoe
Principal Associate, Global Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
Dr. Katrina L. Bledsoe is a trained researcher and evaluator with more than 25 years of experience as a mixed methodologist and social psychologist, with researcher and evaluation experience in both U.S. and international settings. Dr. Bledsoe's evaluation work has focused on community-based social services, health and education evaluation and programming, mixed methodology and methods, theory-driven evaluation, culturally responsive and equity-focused approaches, and topics in applied social psychology. As Principal, Dr. Bledsoe is responsible for developing equity, diversity, and inclusion strategies that center on culturally responsive research and evaluation approaches, theory-driven evaluation, and organizational learning across the organization, as well as thought and practice leadership in research and evaluation.
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Principal, Global Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Ellen Bomasang is a global development professional whose focus has been clean energy, climate, and inclusive growth across emerging economies in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Bomasang’s more than 25 years of experience have earned her recognition as a thought leader in renewable energy and gender equality and social inclusion (GESI). She has led GESI-related interventions around the themes of women’s and girls’ leadership, male allyship, women’s economic empowerment, gender-based violence prevention and response in energy and infrastructure projects and building diverse and respectful workplaces.
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Technical Adviser, Gender Equality, Disability, and Social Inclusion Practice
Dr. Rebecca Devitt is an international specialist in gender equality, disability, and social inclusion (GEDSI). Dr. Devitt brings 15-plus years of experience in policy development, corporate strategy, and program design and implementation of large-scale, technically complex development programs across Southeast Asia and the Pacific. She has achieved development outcomes by engaging with governments, civil society, research, multilateral, and donor partners. Dr. Devitt’s expertise extends toAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander equality, inclusive governance, and civil society-led reform.
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Global Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Director
Abigail Donner is a public health and equity thought leader. Donner has more than 15 years of experience advancing equity as a critical programmatic outcome in implementing agencies and academic research institutions worldwide. Her experience includes leading programs across the global health space, emphasizing the needs of women and girls. In addition, Donner is a master trainer on gender equality and social inclusion who builds capacity across Abt's portfolio for an intersectional approach to equity, diversity, and inclusion. In her role, Donner leads a team to create evidence-based tools and approaches to measure and mitigate disparities in gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and other social determinants of inclusion.
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Senior Advisor, Gender Equality, Disability, and Social Inclusion and Practice Lead
Leisa Gibson has more than 20 years of international experience working for governments, the United Nations, and civil society organizations. Her expertise includes strategic and operational planning, program formulation and delivery, change management, coordination and partnerships, quality assurance, and targeted interventions. She works on such issues as disability, development, inclusive leadership, gender, and gender-based violence (GBV) in humanitarian action, child marriage, women's economic empowerment, and organizational capacity development. As a senior member of our International Technical Practice, Leisa leads gender equality, disability, and social inclusion (GEDSI). She advises programs on health sector strengthening, GBV prevention and response, governance, and GEDSI mainstreaming.
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Equity Center Co-Director
Dr. Rucha Londhe is a Senior Associate in Abt's Social and Economic Policy division and an experienced child development specialist, evaluator, researcher, and technical assistance provider with a history of working in the education and health industries. Dr. Londhe is an expert at applying an equity lens to all her work, whether in implementation, impact evaluations, training, technical assistance, content writing, resource development, or community outreach. Dr. Londhe's expertise is in conducting community-based participatory research and evaluations with diverse populations, including immigrants and Native American tribal nations.
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Principal Associate, Global Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
Dr. Tara Reed (she/her/hers) has over 15 years of experience in program level and system level leadership in the fields of homelessness and behavioral health. Her technical assistance work with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA is focused on system design, program practice implementation, meaningful partnerships with individuals with lived experiences, and transformative action to build more equitable systems of care. As a Principal Associate on our team, Dr. Reed provides strategic leadership for the creation of equity-led tools, trainings, and systems to advance Abt’s equity strategies across our capability centers.
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Dr. Annemarie Reerink
Senior Advisor Equity and Localisation
Dr. Reerink has 25 years of experience promoting gender equality in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining Abt, she worked for U.N. agencies in Asia and, more recently, spent eight years as the senior gender advisor for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In the latter role, she was responsible for setting the department’s technical direction, capability development, and quality and reporting of gender equality results across Australia’s aid program. As a senior member of our International Technical Practice, Dr. Reerink leads Abt Australia’s equity and localization work. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Australian National University.
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Stephanie Landers Silva
Equity Center Co-Director
Stephanie Landers Silva is an international specialist working on inclusive economic growth and market systems, private sector partnerships, and agricultural development, including strengthening economic opportunities for underserved groups such as women farmers and entrepreneurs. Landers Silva brings more than 10 years of experience in strategic advisory services, research, program design, and project management. In past roles, she has worked with organizations across sectors—including businesses, industry associations, producer cooperatives, and government agencies. Landers Silva holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Wellesley College and a Master's degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she concentrated on International Business.
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