Techincal Research Assistant, MDRC

Aissa Catherine Heath is the Statewide Director of Training and Education for the Progressive Democrats of New Jersey (PDNJ), where she develops and implements effective trainings for progressive candidates, general members, and community organizers, as well as provides educational opportunities for community members seeking to grow the progressive movement in New Jersey. Aissa is also on the Executive Committee for the Union County Chapter of PDNJ, where she serves as Secretary, working with other committee members to develop political strategy, foster member communication, and build infrastructure for progressives in Union County. Prior to this position, she ran for the Board of Chosen Freeholders office in Union County, running on the progressive line which challenged establishment incumbents.  Aissa is driven to empower others in her community to be involved in various types of organizing and activism, and leads by example through her involvement in other organizations and coursework. She is a recent graduate of the Movement School, where she excelled in courses in Effective and Compassionate Leadership as well as the DIY Digital Ads course, strengthening her skills in progressive electoral organizing. Aissa is currently a member of Union County Mutual Aid, which seeks to develop solidarity between community members in Union County and provide mutual support and aid. She is also an active member of the North New Jersey Democratic Socialists of America, where she is focused on mutual aid efforts within the chapter and fighting for causes such as Medicare for All. Aissa frequently collaborates with various groups to promote a culture of solidarity and support for the progressive movement and working-class people. Aissa received her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University-Newark in Economics, supplemented by several classes in STEM fields, including computer science and physics. She currently works in a data analytics role for a social policy think-tank focused on K12 education policy. In addition, Aissa is a co-founder for the Women of Color in Tech group, which is a corporate-level professional development program focused on providing community, professional development, and increasing technical skills for women of color.