Ruthie Tesfaye

Senior Lead, Program Management
Ruthie is an experienced program manager with a background in education and community development. She holds bachelors degrees in Political Science and Islamic Civilizations & Societies, and a masters in Education Policy & Social Analysis.->

Ruthie (she/her/hers) is the Senior Lead of the Program Management Team at AidKit. In this role, she manages six program managers and provides technical assistance on their portfolios. Ruthie led implementation for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Early Childhood Educator Pay Equity Fund that provided $80MM to early childhood educators in Washington, DC. Prior to her work with AidKit, Ruthie led a team at the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) I responsible for the implementation of grant programs across DC and Atlanta. Additionally, she provided vital technical assistance and training to individuals and organizations, empowering them to expand or establish new childcare centers and homes. She has also worked at the New York City Department of Education and as an educator at DC Charter School. Ruthie has an M.A. in Education Policy and Sociology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also received a BS in Political Science and a BS in Islamic Civilization and Societies from Boston College.


When Ruthie is not at work, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling and planning for Christmas.