Diana Essex-Lettieri, MALD

Deputy Director

Diana Essex

Diana leads Asylum Access’s overall operations and national-level pursuit of impact in Malaysia, Thailand and Mexico. She congregates the organization’s Global Leadership Team and leads strategic growth and learning initiatives. Diana also serves as one of the Asylum Access’s ambassadors, helping to promote the importance of human rights as the core to refugee response.

A migration and displacement specialist, Diana has previously worked at Oxfam America, the African Conservation Centre, and FORGE (a UNHCR Operating Partner).  Her past research includes work on the connections between environmental change and displacement; evaluation of the efficacy of the Iraq land claims system for returned refugees; and persecution of women asylum-seekers from Dominican Republic and Iran, among other topics.

Diana has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.  She holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of International Studies at Tufts University, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Development from University of California at Los Angeles. You can find Diana on twitter at @DianaELettieri.

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