22 M Street NE #207

Washington, DC 20002


Utumishi Cooperative House

5 fl., Wing B

Mamlaka Rd.

Nairobi  2252-00200


Tel: +1.415.400.9795


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Thomas Friedman's "Flat World" has gotten flatter. Globalization and technology has catapulted the world into what I have coined "The New Frontier."  -Angela R. Pashayan

My acaemic research is based in Kenya on the effectiveness of US Foreign Aid programs to reduce poverty. In the field of development, there are two schools of thought; (1) Traditional Aid founded in increasing education, job training, free services and food, and (2) Innovative Aid rooted in sustainable entrepreneurship across multiple sectors that can be scaled up; a place-based development model.  As a result, I have embarked on collecting data through surveys and interviews, including focus groups from the slum of Mukuru. My intention is to provide US Foreign Aid, NGOs, Grass-roots Non-profits, Celebrities, and private investors with expertise on innovative programs and policies that are most effective in helping the poorest of the poor. The argument of my dissertation is that poverty reduction is amidst what I call “A New Frontier,” that requires collaborative, human-centered programs in order to reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The uniqueness of my work is experience and research in the slums, an area where data is scarce. Contact me for consulting, projects, or collaborative research.



Angela R.Pashayan, BA-Psychology, MA Diplomacy, Ph.D. Political Science (in progress)

Political Science/International Relations - Poverty Reduction

1113 C Street SE - Washington, DC 20003  415.400.9795



  • Howard University, Washington, D.C. - Ph.D. Int’l Relations/Political Science (in progress).  Member, Golden Key International Honor Society​

  • Norwich University, VT - MA Int’l Relations & Diplomacy  / Honors Graduate

  • Richmond College, International-American University - London, England (part of UCLA BA Degree credits). 

  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - BA Psychology



  • 2019-20   Just-Julian Research Scholarship - Howard University 2019-20 Academic Year

  • Tuition paid with $2,000 monthly stipend



  • Pashayan, Angela R. “The Participatory Structures of Poverty in Africa,” International NGO Journal. 14, no. 5 (July 2019): 47-51,

  • ​Pashayan, Angela. Stories of a Bhakti Yogi. Oklahoma: Tate Publishing, 2014.Memoire of multi-cultural travel experiences. ISBN-13 9781625635075 


Conference Presentation: 

  • 2020 APSA Midwest Conference, Chicago "The role of critical consciousness in poverty reduction," April 16-19

  • 2020 Global Pan African Conference, The Gambia - "Effectiveness of programs for poverty reduction in the slums," May 25-26

  • “Thomas Friedman’s Flat World; Populism & Privilege” - Fall 2019 American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Conference Research on Populism and Privilege.

  • “Peace and Diplomacy” - 2018 Atlantic Council Ph.D. Student Deliberation

  • “Nascent Kenya, Nascent World” - 2016 GWU Elliot School for The Osgood Institute

  • “Human Resources Best Practices” - 2014 Leadership Summit/ MA Honors Graduates 


Conferences Attended:

2019 SANKALP Festival - Nairobi, Kenya/ Intellecap, Impact Investors, Social Entrepreneurs

2019 AIDF Africa Summit - Nairobi, Kenya/ USAID, UN-Habitat, IOM, NGOs

2019 CSIS Global Development Forum - Washington, DC/ Tony Blair, USAID, Rockefeller Fund.

2019 World Bank Spring Meetings - Washington, DC/ State of African Address and CSO Forum

2018 Atlantic Festival - Washington, DC/ Democracy Today

2018 Wilson Center African Program/ The Role of the Business Sector in Peace-building in Africa 



2018 StartingBloc Fellow/ USC Marshall School of Business & Social Entrepreneurship

2018 Global Peoples Fellow / UN General Assembly online international forum



2010-2019    Nonprofit Programs, Global programs teaching entrepreneurship and wellbeing (        

2013-2019    Ah Haa School of the Arts - Telluride, CO. Programs for youth exploring global cultures through art. 

2013-2014    Maasai Joy Primary School - Arusha, Tanzania. Globalization, Public Speaking, Poetry, Art, Entrepreneurship/Agriculture.

2012-2014    Host/Presenter, UAE three day program on Health, moderator for cross-cultural panel interviews.

2008-2011    FIDM Private College - San Francisco Campus/ Marketing, Merchandising, Global Trends & Sourcing, Public Speaking.


Work Experience:

  •  2019-Current - USAID Intern for the African Union
    Title:International Political Policy Analyst for Africa and the African Union

  •  2019 Internship Social Impact Investing- Former AU Ambassador John Simon,Total Impact Capital

  • 2012-2019 - - Poverty reduction in Kenyan slums: Agriculture, Art, and Entrepreneurship.

  • 2009-2012 - Health Dept. San Francisco, CA. Three-year contract; Stress and Wellbeing. Program development, implementation and communication across five city departments. Management (recruitment, training, and oversight of program instructors).

  • 2009-2012 Boys & Girls Club of America - San Francisco, CA. Leaders of after-school programs in character, leadership, life skills, health, education, and art. Teaching “Kids Crossing Cultures” program, Awarded Best Nationwide Program 2010. Development of curriculum and measurement of skills learned.



2016 - NAACP Meritorious Women of 2016 / Los Angeles Chapter

2015 - Vice President of SIR Academic Scholars, Norwich University, VT

2014 - Leadership Summit + Honors Graduate, Norwich University

2010 - The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Best Program Nationwide 


Public Service: 

2018 Habitat for Humanity - Home framing, Colorado 

2016 Town of Mountain Village Ethics Commission Board 

2016 Democratic Campaign Fellowship - Colorado



UN Association of America

World Affairs Council      

American Political Science Association

International Studies Association

International Society of Political Psychology

World Bank Civil Society Organization Participant