Abad finished her BA degree at the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and proceeded to Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government to pursue her master's degree in public policy.
Abad teaches political science at ADMU. She is also a Fulbright alumna of Harvard University.
She served as a consultant for the Gearing Up Internet Literacy and Access for Students (GILAS) program, a beneficiary of Google Grants.
Abad is also a former program officer of the Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium.
- Aquino names Cabinet members. Abs-cbnnews.com. (Accessed 29 June 2010)
- Profiles of Cabinet Secretaries. Office of the Press Secretary Online. (Accessed 7 July 2010).