Dr. Wendy Osefo
An award-winning researcher, Dr. Wendy Osefo is a Nigerian-American television personality and progressive political commentator. She has been interviewed by and frequently provides commentary for CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC, Fox Business, BBC, HLN, Russian TV, The Washington Post, In Touch Weekly, Business Insider, One America News Network, and TV-One to name a few.
She is a Contributor to The Hill, the Founder and CEO of the 1954 Equity Project, and is an Assistant Professor at The Johns Hopkins University. Her current research examines the impact of the 2016 presidential election on black and brown communities and the role of inclusion and asset based strategies in higher education. Wendy is the former Director of Family and Community Development for the Obama Administration’s DC Promise Neighborhood. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University, an M.A. in Government from The Johns Hopkins University, and an M.Sc. in Public Affairs from Rutgers University. Dr. Osefo made history when she became the first black woman to earn a Ph.D. in Public Affairs-Community Development from Rutgers University. Dr. Osefo is a Board Trustee of the Children’s Scholarship Foundation of Baltimore, and a board member for The Education Foundation, Congressman Elijah Cummings Youth to Israel Program and The Obama Green Charter School.
Dr. Osefo is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and The National Urban League. Wendy is a 2017 recipient of the Johns Hopkins Diversity Recognition Award, a 2017 recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Outstanding Graduate Award, a 2017 40 Under 40 Honoree, a 2017 25 Women to Watch Honoree and a 2018 Black Women in Media Honoree.