Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman
Chief Executive Officer
Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman is an alumna at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she earned a B.A. in Mathematics and minor in Economics in the Spring of 2019. Her interests include labor economics/education within the Black Diaspora. Currently, she is a Harvard Research Scholar in Economics. She is one of the co-founders of the Sadie Collective.
"He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus."
- Philippians 1:6
Kadija Yilla graduated from Pomona College in 2018 with a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics. Her interests include policy, financial markets, behavioral economics, and global development. After her role as an analyst at Goldman Sachs, she will be joining Brookings Institution as a Research Assistant starting in the summer of 2019.
"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel"
- Maya Angelou
Chief Operations Officer
Fanta Traore is an alumna of Howard University, where she graduated with dual degrees in Economics and Political Science. Her interests include economic development and support for social entrepreneurs on a policy level. She has worked at entrepreneur accelerators, Echoing Green and the Anzisha Prize. Currently, she is a Research Assistant at the Federal Reserve Board’s in the International Finance division. She is one of the co-founders of the Sadie Collective.
"When I dare to be powerful- to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important when I am afraid."
- Audre Lorde
Co-Director of Conference Operations
As a junior, Meyerhoff Scholar, Sayo Adeleye is double-majoring in Mathematics and Economics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her interests include behavioral finance and industrial organization. She currently serves as a research assistant on campus and presides over UMBC's first Pre-doctoral Society for Economics.
"But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ..."
- Galatians 6:14
Co-Director of Conference Logistics
Funke Aderonmu graduated with honors in economics and international relations from the University of California, Davis. She is committed to creating more a equitable and just world through public policy, with interests in poverty, inequality and economic development. Currently, Funke is a policy assistant at the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality.
"All that you touch, you change; all that you change, changes you."
- Octavia Butler
Chief Financial Officer
George-Ann Ryan is a Masters of International Affairs Candidate at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs concentrating in Economic and Political Development and specializing in Advanced Economic Analysis. Her interests include labor, development, and anti-poverty policy. She is spending Summer 2019 as a Research Intern in The Hamilton Project at Brookings Institution.
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Director of Strategic Relationships
Mykelle Richburg is a first-year Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management at George Washington University and Howard University alumnus. Her interests include policy, global development and sustainability. Currently, she is a development intern at Partnership for Public Service.
"You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”
- Shirley Chisholm
Chief Community Engagement Officer
Kayla Jones is an alumna of Morgan State University, she graduated with a B.S. in Economics in Spring of 2018. Her research interests are consumer and household finance. Her past experiences include working for Congressional Black Congress. She is also the also co-founder of one of the top economics Blogs, Black Econ Girl Blog, and is a Harvard Research Scholar.
"Education is the passport to the future. For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today."
- Malcolm X
Public Relations Manager
Olivia Varnado graduated from the University of Michigan where she double-majored in Economics and Spanish Language. Her interests include urban economics, development, and fair housing. She recently completed a fellowship at Atlantic Media, and is currently preparing to begin law school in 2020.
"The function of freedom is to free someone else." - Toni Morrison
Chief Design Officer
Jada Houser is a fourth year Computer Science major and Economics and Mandarin Chinese minor at Clemson University. Her interests include data science, financial stability, and monetary policy. Currently, she serves as an undergraduate research assistant in the Human Factors Software Engineering research lab within Clemson's School of Computing and as graphic designer for Clemson's LeadForward Program.
"We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done."
- Alan Turing