Renee Omolade, Program and Database Coordinator for the Lewis Family Foundation, was recently honored as a Big Igniter by Big Sister Boston. At the “Big in Boston!” gala at the Museum of Fine Arts, Omolade joined Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and fellow Big Igniters, women who are creating a better Boston for the next generation.
Big Sister Boston praised Omolade for “igniting change through her work leading the Lewis Family Foundation’s Bigger Than My Block initiative, which aims to guide young people from The Spine (Dorchester, Roxbury & Mattapan) to positive college choices…[and being] the co-founder of social activist coalition, We Are The Ones, which focuses on creating positive social change in communities of color.”
She was raised in Boston’s South End and Dorchester and is a graduate of Boston Latin School and Emmanuel College. Omolade’s work at the Lewis Family Foundation includes developing programming and strategies that advance the goal of doubling college graduation rates and increasing access to jobs in “the Spine” neighborhoods. In addition to the Bigger Than My Block initiative, her lead roles and responsibilities include developing and implementing social media strategies, leading the company’s Youth Advisory Council and Young Professional Networking events, and ensuring that systems are in place to track long-term and short-term goals, and building partnerships with community partners.
We’re proud of Omolade for her work, in the words of Big Sister Boston, “lighting a path to success for our city’s youth.”