Debra Eisenman is the Executive Director of the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) in New York, where she leads and manages projects on development, governance, sustainability, and security challenges throughout Asia, with a particular focus on Myanmar, Central Asia, and Iran. She also oversees ASPI’s operations (with offices in New York and Washington); engages in strategic planning and long-term forecasting for the Institute; and builds and maintains relationships with policy, diplomatic, NGO, and academic communities in the U.S. and Asia. During 2013 and 2014, Debra served as an Associate Director and then a Director of ASPI. Prior to that, she was a Senior Program Officer and then Assistant Director to ASPI’s predecessor unit, Asia Society’s Global Policy Programs department.
Before joining Asia Society in 2011, Debra worked on the Peacebuilding and Western Balkans grantmaking programs of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, where she wrote funding proposals, assisted in grantmaking and NGO capacity building, and managed the grantmaking process/grants administration for over $5 million in annual giving. From 2005 to 2008, Debra served as Program Associate at the National Crime Prevention Council, working on projects to advance youth civic engagement and individual and community safety.
Debra has been 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.