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Lienna Feleke-Eshete

Lienna Feleke-Eshete

Lienna Feleke-Eshete

Senior Program Associate

Transnational Birth Equity

pronouns: she/her/hers

Lienna Feleke-Eshete is the Senior Program Associate for Global Birth Equity at the National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC). An experienced international development and public policy professional, Lienna manages the Global Learning portfolio at NBEC and provides international advocacy expertise. Prior to joining NBEC, Lienna worked at CHANGE, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., and in the United States Senate for Senator Ben Cardin. Her writings can be found in Newsweek, Blavity, the Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Policy Journal, and Ms. Magazine. In her volunteer capacity, Lienna sits on the Community Advisory Group for the MedStar Health Research Institute where she provides technical expertise to achieve health equity in MedStar research.

Lienna is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park Honors College with a degree in Government & Politics and Johns Hopkins University with a Master of Arts in Public Management. In her graduate coursework, she has explored domestic and international policy issues affecting women and girls of color, including access to education in rural Ethiopia and the maternal mortality crisis in the United States. In her current role and beyond, Lienna champions the right to self-determination for Black women and girls around the globe and envisions a future where Black people can not only survive but thrive.