As President of the National Council for Research on Women, Áine Duggan is focused on leveraging independent research to accelerate advancements for women and girls. Áine is working to deepen strategic partnerships throughout the Council’s network of 200 members and partners to build resources for research, connect research professionals with business and community leaders and fuel collective models for achieving change.
Áine’s expertise spans two decades and countries, and a diverse range of organization size, mission and function. Prior to joining the Council, she served as the Vice President for Research, Policy and Education at the Food Bank For New York City, where she developed the organization’s research wing and propelled the conversation about food poverty onto national and international media and policy stages, including authoring a series of reports on hunger that highlighted disproportionate levels of poverty among women, children, seniors and veterans. Prior to this, Áine’s work at the Coalition for the Homeless included initiatives that shed light on the issue of homelessness among women and children, and working with corporate partners to strengthen a job-training program for women. Áine has also developed collaborations within the LGBTQ community to address poverty among LGBTQ individuals and families. In addition, Áine has regularly contributed to reports and served as a speaker at government hearings and academic, corporate and community events and forums, and has taught in the Graduate Social Research program at Hunter College. A native of Ireland, where she served on the Board of Cáirde, a national HIV/AIDS services organization, Áine began her journey in the nonprofit sector as a volunteer with the Irish Refugee Council in the early 1990s. She graduated with an MA from University College Dublin before taking up permanent residence in the United States. Áine currently lives with her partner in Brooklyn, NY.