Omar Woodard joined the GreenLight Fund as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia office in January 2016. Omar 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 is a board member of the Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia, the Global Philadelphia Association, the Maternity Care Coalition, and the Girard College Foundation. He is a Fellow at the Institute for Emerging Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University, a Fellow at the Association of Black Foundation Executives, and received the Hansjoerg Wyss Award for Social Enterprise from Harvard Business School.
Omar received a M.P.A in nonprofit management and governance, and a B.A. in International Affairs (Economics, Arabic) and a minor in public policy, both from the George Washington University, where he was a Presidential Fellow and Student Body President. He holds an executive education certificate in nonprofit governance from Harvard Business School.
“To end the extreme poverty that affects 200,000 Philadelphians by investing in transformative – and collective – efforts across the government, business, and nonprofit sectors.”