Abigail began volunteering with Esperanza over three years ago as a volunteer application reader and then as a mentor to a 2017 Esperanza scholar. She is a first generation Nigerian American, familiar with the realities of living in a mixed status family facing the threat of deportation. As such, Abigail is proud to lead the Board in building upon the tradition Esperanza started more than ten years ago— providing critical community and financial support to immigrant students regardless of national origin, race, ethnicity, or immigration status.
Abigail is a Director at The Raben Group, a progressive public policy and government affairs firm with offices in Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, Oakland, and El Paso. At Raben, Abigail has conducted landscape analyses of various movements and policy issues for major foundations, advised clients on implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives, worked closely with congressional offices to introduce legislation, and more. She previously worked at Ipas and the National Women’s Law Center, and, while in law school, directly counseled refugees and assisted the prosecution of gross human rights violations at the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Abigail is also the co-creator of Women of Color for America, the first inclusive database of women of color running for political office at the federal, state and local levels. She is a member of the Greater Washington Urban League’s Thursday Network Community Service Committee. She was selected as an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar and a Forbes Global Fellow in 2019. Abigail was raised in New Orleans. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Louisiana State University, and a Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She is barred in Maryland.