Omar Woodard joined the GreenLight Fund as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia office in January 2016. He comes to GreenLight with a decade of experience working in venture philanthropy, management consulting and foreign and U.S. government relations. From 2011-2014 he was a principal at Venture Philanthropy Partners where he co-managed a $20 million portfolio including a $10 million investment from the federal Social Innovation Fund. Widely recognized for his expertise in nonprofit board governance, Omar serves as an advisor and director to the African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, the Girard College Foundation, the Maternity Care Coalition, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and many others. He received a master’s degree in public administration with a focus on nonprofit management and governance, and a bachelor’s degree in international economics and public policy, both from the George Washington University where he was also a Presidential Administrative Fellow. He holds a certificate in nonprofit governance from Harvard Business School. A North Philadelphia native, Omar resides in the Cecil B. Moore neighborhood of the city.
“To end the extreme poverty that affects 200,000 Philadelphians by investing in transformative – and collective – efforts across the government, business, and nonprofit sectors.”