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Ola Ojewumi

Founder and Director

Project ASCEND

Ola Ojewumi is an activist, journalist, and a community organizer based in Washington, DC. Presently, she works as a contributor at the Huffington Post and within the civil rights division of a federal agency in Washington, DC. The White House, Marie Claire Magazine’s online publication, and the American Association of University Women have published her writings. Recently, she was tapped to serve on the Board of Trustees for Colin Powell’s youth education nonprofit organization—America’s Promise Alliance. She founded two nonprofits, Sacred Hearts Children’s Transplant Foundation and the Project ASCEND College Scholarship Program. Ola initiated these charitable efforts after receiving a heart and kidney transplant. Thus far, the White House, MTV, Glamour magazine, Intel, Essence magazine and the Huffington Post have praised her initiatives. Additionally, Glamour Magazine has named Ola among the top 10 most influential college women in the United States. Ola holds a strong passion for writing and speaking. She’s held internships in the White House, Democratic Leader/Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Democratic National Committee (DNC/Democratic Party), and Congressmen Albert R. Wynn’s Congressional Office. Additionally, she’s served as Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and a DNC Hope Fellow.