Lienna Feleke-Eshete is the Public Policy Associate at CHANGE. An experienced advocate and public policy professional, Lienna provides in-depth analyses of legislation and U.S. government policies and regulations for a variety of audiences, including CHANGE staff, coalition partners, administrative officials, and Congressional offices. Prior to joining CHANGE, Lienna worked as the Public Affairs Coordinator at Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. where she coordinated state public policy, advocacy and community organizing efforts in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Lienna also has experience working in the United States Senate as an Immigration Caseworker and interning at the American Association of University Women, the Borgen Project and The White House.
Lienna is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park Honors College with a degree in Government & Politics and a recent graduate of 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 all, with a focus on minority and historically disenfranchised populations in the United States and globally.