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Aaron Sayama
Former employee
Justice Policy Center

Aaron Sayama was a special assistant and project manager in the Executive Office, Office of the Senior Vice President for Financial and Business Strategy. Previously, Sayama served in the Obama administration as a special assistant and projects coordinator at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in the president and CEO’s office.

Before joining OPIC, Sayama was a Fulbright Public Policy Fellow in the Ombudsman’s Office for Human Rights and Justice in the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. During his fellowship, Sayama’s research focused on community policing, culminating in the completion of a comprehensive situational analysis of community policing in Timor-Leste.

Sayama has also worked in the State of Georgia’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, serving as the program manager for numerous federal and state criminal justice programs, from gun and gang violence reduction initiatives to drug and alcohol treatment programs to sexual assault kit testing.

Sayama has a BA from the University of Georgia in international affairs with a minor in linguistics and an MPA specializing in public policy and public management. During his graduate studies, he interned with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

Research Areas
Crime, justice, and safety
Economic mobility and inequality
International development
Race and equity
Racial disparities in criminal justice
Racial inequities in economic mobility