Theofilia Gracella Sahertian (Ella) is an analyst supporting AHI’s mission to tackle global housing issues through research, analysis, and consultancy. Ella first joined the team as an intern in 2021. An Indonesian native, Ella’s interest in affordable housing was born from seeing the impact of inequitable housing policies in Jakarta’s slums.
Since joining AHI, she has had the opportunity to further her mission of promoting equity and justice in housing for marginalized groups around the world. Ella has worked on upgrading the International Finance Corporation’s Affordable and Socially Sustainable Housing Application tool and has assisted in the development of a Health Secure Housing framework which addresses holistic issues at the intersection of health and housing. She has also worked on affordable housing rapid analysis in Asia and Oceania.
Ella graduated from Cornell University with a Master’s in City and Regional Planning. There, she conducted various research projects related to informal settlements, public housing, disaster management, and climate resilience in cities in the US, South Africa, India, and Indonesia. She received her B.A. with Honors in International Studies and a minor in Community Development from Covenant College.
Ella’s previously worked with data and GIS analysis to guide policy and advocacy initiatives, including supporting low-income neighborhood leaders solving housing and socio-economic problems in their communities.
Outside of her work with AHI, Ella uses her climate adaptation skills to support resilience initiatives in the US. In her free time, she enjoys photography, cooking Asian food, video-calling her family back home, traveling, and doing outdoor activities with friends. She is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia and English.