Omolara Fatiregun is an Adrian Cheng Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Social Innovation + Change Initiative. Before launching Thrive!, Omolara advanced high-impact initiatives in foundations, public-private partnerships, and government agencies including the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a senior fellow, DC Government as deputy director of the juvenile justice agency, and Urban Institute. With deep expertise in performance management and program evaluation, she is adept at identifying realistic metrics and monitoring initiatives for lasting change. To that end, Omolara developed measures for Thrive!’s equity algorithm that quantifies a jurisdiction’s commitment to ending disparities based on spending patterns across agencies. Omolara earned a bachelor’s in Sociology and African American Studies from Harvard, a master’s in public policy from Georgetown, and is currently a doctoral candidate in education leadership at Harvard where she is also a Presidential Public Service Fellow.
Venture: Thrive! helps local governments break systems that perpetuate cycles of poverty in communities of color with SaaS equity audits, equity-centered budgets, and training on proven, poverty-fighting programs.