Aleyamma Mathew is the Director of the Women’s Economic Justice Program at the Ms. Foundation. She brings over 15 years of experience in nonprofit management, policy and advocacy, campaign development, capacity building for social justice organizations at the local and national levels. Aleyamma leads the foundation’s program to address systemic issues impacting women’s access and ability to achieve economic security. She manages grantmaking and programmatic activities in the areas of low wage work, workplaces policies, child care access.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Aleyamma was the Policy Director at the Partnership for Working Families, where she provided support to a national network of regional advocacy organizations who support innovative policy approaches to our nation’s economic and environmental problems.Aleyamma also worked as the Program Director for the Women’s Institute for Leadership and Development for Human Rights. In her role, she has conducted trainings on implementing local city policies using the human rights framework and participated in the U.N. CERD Review Process in Geneva, to highlight human rights violations against women of color in the United States.
Aleyamma was also part of the Founding Steering Committee and served as the Program Director for the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development. In that capacity, she helped establish its organizational foundation and developed its core program areas for a national network of community based agencies serving low income Asian, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, refugee, and immigrant communities. Aleyamma has worked with a number of workers centers including the Philadelphia Taxi Workers Alliance and the Restaurant Opportunities Center. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Center for Community Change.
Aleyamma has also received numerous fellowships including a Ford Foundation Public Voices Fellowship, Fulbright, the Coros New American Leaders Fellowship, and the Asian Pacific Leaders Fellowship at the East West Center in Honolulu. She received her M.A. from the New School for Social Research in New York City and her B.A. from Temple University.