Aubryn is a Doctoral student and Cornell Fellow at Cornell University where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Development Sociology. Aubryn has a technical background in life skills and girls' education program design with a particular focus on secondary education in sub-Saharan Africa. As a researcher she is focused on understanding the impact of soft-skills and gender rights programming on marginalized and rural girls' educational and health outcomes. She is particularly interested in context, and how national, linguistic, political and cultural contexts change what types of skills are most important for improved learning and health. As a practitioner, she works to amplify the voices of small, local and locally focused NGOs in the global policy conversation on girls' education.
From 2010-2016 Aubryn served as the Executive Director of AGE Africa, where she built an innovative and scalable program model for girls' retention and achievement in secondary school in Malawi. Under her leadership AGE Africa's programs and resources expanded at an average of 30% per annum, and the AGE Africa's signature after school program CHATS, achieved global recognition as a promising practice in girls' secondary education by the Clinton Global Initiative, the United Nation's Girls' Education Initiative and others.
Aubryn has served in an advisory capacity on issues of governance, program design, and fundraising to several startup NGOs and US-based nonprofits, including the Tiba Foundation and the Grace Youth Center, in Tenants Harbor Maine. She has served on the boards of Peachtown School in Aurora, NY, and the program committee of the RYSE Youth Center in Richmond, California. Most recently, she served on the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Adolescent Girls in Washington, D.C. She earned her Master of Science in Development Management at the London School of Economics where her research looked at organizational design and the barriers to participatory programming for youth service delivery NGOs. Aubryn obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University in Anthropology and Africana Studies, magna cum laude.