Founder & CEO, Thrive Industries Incorporated (THRIVE!)
Omolara Fatiregun is founder and CEO of THRIVE!—a social enterprise that uses technology to spark citizen engagement in government and root out systemic racism in government spending and policies. 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 a commitment to equity and innovation in public systems is 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, a master’s in public policy from Georgetown, and a doctorate in education leadership from Harvard where she was a Presidential Public Service Fellow and an Adrian Cheng Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Social Innovation + Change Initiative.