Founder, Project ASCEND
Ola Ojewumi is an activist, journalist and a community organizer based in Washington, DC. Presently, she works as a freelance writer and for a federal agency. The White House, CNN, Huffington Post, Marie Claire and the American Association of University Women have published her writings. Recently, she was tapped to serve on the Board of Trustees for America’s Promise Alliance, Colin Powell’s youth education nonprofit organization. She founded two nonprofits, Sacred Hearts Children’s Transplant Foundation, which has provided hundreds of teddy bears, books and stuffed animals to sick children across the United States, and the Project ASCEND College Scholarship Program, dedicated to advancing the lives of women and girls everywhere. Ola initiated these charitable efforts after receiving a heart and kidney transplant. The White House, MTV, Glamour, Intel, Essence and the Huffington Post have praised her initiatives. Additionally, Glamour has named Ola among the top 10 most influential college women in the United States.
Ola has a strong passion for writing and speaking. She’s held internships with the White House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic National Committee (DNC) 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.