Omar Woodard

Omar Woodard is an experienced leader with expertise in​venture philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, and nonprofit governance​. He is executive director of the GreenLight Fund of Philadelphia, a venture philanthropy that invests in anti-poverty initiatives. Woodard teaches nonprofit business strategy as an adjunct faculty member of the Fox School of Business at Temple University.

Woodard served as policy director for a mayoral campaign in Philadelphia, and prior to that was a principal at Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), one of the nation’s earliest philanthropic investment firms, where he co-managed a $20M portfolio to achieve social impact. Prior to VPP, he was associate director of marketing and business development at the Advisory Board Company. Woodard was a federally registered lobbyist for the Whitaker Group, a premier consulting firm focused on increasing US-African trade & investment. He got his professional start as a legislative staffer on Capitol Hill, and in the offices of Corporate & Foundation Relations and of the Senior Vice President at The George Washington University.

Woodard 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 with the Institute for Emerging Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University, and a fellow with the Association of Black Foundation Executives.

Woodard received a master’s degree in public administration with a focus on nonprofit management and governance, and a bachelor’s degree in international economics & public policy, both from The George Washington University, where he was a Presidential Fellow. He holds an executive education certificate in nonprofit governance from Harvard Business School.

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October 16, 2019
The challenges facing Philadelphia and the nation are often the result of man-made policies and practices fueled by racial bias and structural inequality. Unfortunately, many of the solutions to those challenges also perpetuate these biases, for example, facial recognition software...