Aileen Ma is a Director at Penn Hill Group where she contributes policy development, research, writing, analysis as well as project and event management expertise to help a broad range of organizations advance their policy and advocacy goals. She drives Penn Hill’s advocacy training and strategic convening work strands and has designed and successfully executed numerous in-person and virtual convenings, briefings and advocacy trainings to elevate student, educator, practitioner and other proximate voices with policymakers and call for policies to promote equity. 

Aileen works on a variety of issue areas spanning from early learning and K-12 to higher education and workforce development, including arts education, special education, competency-based education, college access and persistence as well as accreditation. 

Prior to joining Penn Hill Group, Aileen supported the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI) and the Global & Executive Programs at the Goldman School of Public Policy. She helped plan and execute for civic leadership trainings for international delegates on topics ranging from early childhood education policy to public-private partnerships.

Aileen has a bachelor’s degree in media studies and a minor in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a 2015–16 alumna of the Washington, DC, Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) at the Institute for Educational Leadership and completed her capstone project on Multicultural Competency Education.

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