Debra Eisenman is Associate Director of the Asia Society Policy Institute, where she leads and manages projects on governance, security, and development challenges throughout Asia, with a particular focus on Burma/Myanmar, Central Asia, and Iran. She also creates goals, strategies, and implementation and evaluation plans for ASPI’s projects; manages ASPI’s budget and operations; and builds and maintains relationships with policy, diplomatic, NGO, and academic communities in the U.S. and Asia. Ms. Eisenman was previously Senior Program Officer and then Assistant Director with ASPI’s predecessor organization, Asia Society’s Global Policy Programs department.
Before joining Asia Society, Ms. Eisenman worked on the Peacebuilding and Western Balkans grantmaking programs of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, writing grants, assisting in grantmaking and NGO capacity building, and managing the grantmaking process/grants administration. From 2005 to 2008, she served as a Program Associate at the National Crime Prevention Council, working on projects to advance youth civic engagement and individual and community safety. She has also been a volunteer election observer in Kosovo (2010), Albania (2011), and Ukraine (2012).
Ms. Eisenman holds a master’s degree in politics from New York University, and is a cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland with high honors in her government and politics major. She is also a Fellow of the Truman National Security Project and a member of Women in International Security