Aaron Sayama

Aaron Sayama is Program Manager for the Aspen Partnership for an Inclusive Economy (APIE). He manages APIE’s current portfolio of partnerships and strategic initiatives to accelerate impact for the Aspen Institute and its policy programs committed to advancing solutions that redress systemic economic inequality.

Prior to joining Aspen, Aaron was special assistant and project manager in the Executive Office, Office of the Senior Vice President for Financial and Business Strategy at the Urban Institute. Aaron also served in the Obama Administration as a special assistant and projects coordinator at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in the president and CEO’s office.

Before relocating to DC, Aaron was a Fulbright Public Policy Fellow in the Ombudsman’s Office for Human Rights and Justice in the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. During his fellowship, Aaron’s research focused on community policing, culminating in the completion of a comprehensive situational analysis of community policing in Timor-Leste.

Aaron is a Georgia native, having also worked in the State of Georgia’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, serving as the program manager for numerous federal and state criminal justice programs, from gun and gang violence reduction initiatives to drug and alcohol treatment programs to sexual assault kit testing. Aaron has a BA from the University of Georgia in International Affairs with a minor in Linguistics and an MPA specializing in public policy and public management. While as an undergraduate, he was a Fulbright-Hays Scholar in Beijing, China and during his graduate studies he interned with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.