Aysha Pettigrew was born and raised in Berkeley, California. She graduated from Reed College in May, 2017 with a bachelor of arts in Religion and the faculty's commendation for excellence. Her thesis, titled "Forging New American-Muslim Identities after 9/11: Through Islamic Education, Children's Books, and Muslim Women's Online Media" explored how depictions of Islam in children's picture books and Islamic schools in the U.S. influence how American-Muslim children see themselves individually and within their communities. The final chapter of her thesis investigated the way that young American Muslims create a discourse about religion, belonging, and identity through blogs, podcasts, and other forms of contemporary digital media.
While studying Religion at Reed, Aysha also worked to help build the school's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program and completed extensive training in supporting survivors of sexual and relationship violence at the Portland YWCA. She put this training to work offering prevention education workshops for Reed students and providing one-on-one counseling and resource referral in person and on the program's live crisis line.
She is deeply interested in the intersections of culture, nationality, religion and identity and is always excited to hear about the complex ways that they exist in people's lives. Her passion for collaborating with survivors of trauma and supporting people in their self-advocacy efforts brought her to the Jobe Law Firm.