Strategist, Public Policy Expert, Social Impact

Diaspora Rising, Movement for Black Lives

Amara Enyia is a Strategist, Public Policy Expert and Social Impact professional on city and state policy as well as international affairs with expertise in Africa, Latin America, and Central Asia. She is the Managing Director of Diaspora Rising, a transnational advocacy hub that works to advocate, educate, amplify and connect issues of concern to the Global Black Diaspora. She also serves as the Policy and Research Coordinator for the Movement for Black Lives and as a Strategy Advisor for organizations, companies, political campaigns, and public sector institutions globally. Her work has connected her to the 6th Region of the African Union Commission and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Dr. Enyia is a participant in the London School of Economics Executive Program in Cities. Prior to her current roles, she worked  in the Mayor’s Office for the City of Chicago, and served as Executive Director of community-based organizations. As a grassroots organizer she worked on issues of education equity,  economic justice, and environmental justice. Amara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Bachelors degree in Political Science. She  also holds a Masters degree in education, a law degree, and PhD in Education Policy. She serves  on the National Advisory Board of the Public Banking Institute and on the boards of the Chicago Community Loan Fund, and Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives. She was named a Public Policy Global Leadership Fellow with  the Global Strategists Association.


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