Debra Eisenman is Director of the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI), where she leads and manages projects on development, governance, sustainability, and security challenges throughout Asia, with a particular focus on Burma/Myanmar, Central Asia, and Iran. She also engages in strategic planning and long-term forecasting for the Institute; manages the Institute’s budget and operations (with offices in NY and DC); and builds and maintains relationships with policy, diplomatic, NGO, and academic communities in the U.S. and Asia. Debra was previously Senior Program Officer and then Assistant Director to ASPI’s predecessor, the Asia Society’s Global Policy Programs department. She was also Associate Director of ASPI from 2013 to 2014. Before joining Asia Society, she 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 for over $5 million in annual giving. 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.
Debra has served as a short-term election observer in Kosovo (2010), Albania (2011), and Ukraine (2012, 2014). She 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.