Trish Abalo

Research Associate

Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.” – Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

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Trish Abalo joined the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy in September 2020. As a research associate, she supports data collection, analysis, and storytelling for the Community Data and Research Lab. Alongside her applied research and evaluation work, her project initiatives have focused on equitable economies, the history of U.S.-based philanthropy, and diversity in nonprofit leadership.

The daughter of first-generation Filipino immigrants, Trish was raised in Mid-Michigan. She is passionate about the intersections of data, racial justice, and social equity. Previously, she was an Emerson National Hunger Fellow through the Congressional Hunger Center in Denver, Colo., and Washington, D.C., focused on local and national approaches to ending the root causes of hunger. Before that, she completed a year of service with Cherry Health AmeriCorps to advance health equity in Grand Rapids and was the first Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow in Thailand for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology D-Lab. Trish is a graduate of the Honors College at Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary social sciences.

Trish enjoys hiking West Michigan shorelines, movie nights, and volunteering at her neighborhood farm and local gardens.

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