Omolara O. Fatiregun

Omolara Fatiregun is a Resident Fellow with the Aspen Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI). She is an Adrian Cheng Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Social Innovation and Change Initiative where she is building Thrive!—a social enterprise that uses technology to root out systemic racism in local government spending and polices. Before launching Thrive!, Omolara was an executive working at the intersections of youth development, applied research, and philanthropy. Omolara served as deputy director overseeing research, evaluation, and performance improvement in DC’s juvenile justice agency to ensure that court-involved youth had access to high quality education, workforce development, and behavioral health programs. As Vice President at the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation and as senior fellow at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Omolara partnered with school districts and leaders of child welfare and juvenile justice agencies to scale evidence-based programs to improve outcomes for vulnerable youth.

Omolara believes that research-driven approaches and innovations in public systems are integral to improving outcomes for America’s most vulnerable populations. To that end, Omolara is a member of Leadership Greater Washington, a community of executives that identifies, examines, and advances solutions to civic issues in the nation’s capital.

Omolara earned a bachelor’s in Sociology and African American Studies from Harvard College, a master’s in public policy from Georgetown, and is currently a doctoral candidate in education leadership at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education where she is also a Harvard Presidential Public Service Fellow and a Hollyhock Foundation Fellow.