Alya Davis
Program Associate

Alya Davis serves as the Program Associate for the Sustainable Environments team at the Surdna Foundation.

Alya began her career as an intern on a congressional campaign, which solidified her passion for grassroots movements. She then received a scholarship for a research study-abroad program and conducted independent research on the intersections between disability rights movements and responses to a changing climate in two communities in Vietnam and Morocco. This led to an internship at the Ford Foundation, where she was hired to create procedural suggestions within their Natural Resources and Climate Change team and worked on making their global strategy more inclusive of disability rights. After that, she worked on the Institutional Development team at the Guggenheim Museum, and as a Coordinator for the Membership team at the Global Impact Investing Network.

Alya graduated as a first-generation student from Marist College, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and as a Fulbright Research Award semi-finalist.

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