About Root Cause

Reyada Atanasio




Reyada joined Root Cause as an Associate in March 2018. In her role, Reyada supports senior consultants and managers throughout the different phases of client projects; collects and analyzes data; and provides project management support.


Having immigrated to the United States as a refugee, Reyada has long been passionate about understanding and dismantling the structures that impede the progress of socially marginalized and disenfranchised groups. Her eagerness to serve underprivileged and underserved communities has led her to a variety of opportunities within the nonprofit sector. As a Casework Assistant intern for the International Rescue Committee, she worked alongside case managers to secure low-income housing for newly resettled refugee families. She also served as a Political Affairs intern for The Borgen Project, during which she used her knowledge and understanding of global poverty to mobilize constituents and urge Congressional leaders to support key poverty reduction legislation.


Why do you do what you do?


Because of my belief in the common good. I believe it is our collective duty to cultivate a society in which every individual has access to the resources, tools, and support necessary to live a life of dignity.




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  • Bowdoin College, BA, Government & Legal Studies and Hispanic Studies

Favorite Books, movies, music

  • Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Black Panther, The Outsiders, The Sea Inside, All About My Mother


  • Reading, traveling, backpacking, watching international films