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Abby Straessle

Program Assistant

Crisis Response

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Abby Straessle, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, is a dedicated advocate for conflict resolution and humanitarian action. With a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Sewanee: The University of the South, she focused on conflict resolution and gained a Certificate in Civic & Global Leadership. As a Policy Fellow at the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), she lobbied congressional leaders to implement policies benefiting Syrian civilians, including the Caesar Syria Protection Act. Abby also worked with the Liberian Elections Observation Network, researching political violence against women in post-conflict countries. After completing her undergraduate studies, she joined SETF full-time, leading the Development team and organizing impactful awareness and fundraising events across the U.S., while frequently traveling to the Turkey/Syria border to deliver humanitarian aid.

Outside of her work, Abby enjoys exploring new hiking trails, going for runs, and embracing the outdoors. She is also passionate about traveling and exploring diverse cultures and places around the world.


What was the last good book you read? Stranger in a Lifeboat by Mitch Albom