As a Consultant, Aja is responsible for managing a variety of projects including government funding applications, market studies, CDFI certification, and reporting and compliance assistance. Her project work includes preparation and implementation of project plans, development of research tools, research analysis, and production and presentation of customized reports.
Aja Bonner joined FUND Consulting in 2017. Prior to FUND, Aja worked on community development initiatives in the public sector and private philanthropy. Most recently, at the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, she supported Mayoral initiatives prioritizing neighborhood investment in Chicago’s south and west sides. Previously she was also a Program Officer at the Hudson-Webber Foundation, where she supported grantmaking activities aimed at improving quality of life in Detroit. In 2008, she was competitively selected to be a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Emerging Leader Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control, where she worked on a variety of initiatives ranging from global health promotion to international security. Aja holds a master’s in urban planning from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s in social policy from Northwestern University.