Associate PartnerCompany: New Profit
Role: Session Presenter
2021 Conference Session:
Equitable Disruption that Lasts: Workplace Trends that Shift This Movement Beyond a Moment
Adetola Olatunji is an associate partner at New Profit, a national venture philanthropy fund headquartered in Boston. A systems-oriented thinker and strategist, Adetola has deep experience and expertise with centering a racial equity lens in complex stakeholder management and collaborative efforts between entrepreneurs, systems leaders, and funders. She currently leads ongoing strategy development, management, and fundraising for New Profit’s collective action efforts with a cross-sector group of dynamic leaders in the college access and success field.
Adetola currently oversees New Profit’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy and alignment work in the postsecondary education and career space; this includes internal racial equity-focused strategic efforts, as well as the design and execution of related external initiatives. She is leading the design and launch of New Profit’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Capacity Building initiative for the college access and success field. She is also a member of New Profit’s Strategic Leadership Council, and its Inclusive Impact Integration Steering Committee.
Before joining New Profit, Adetola spent almost four years at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a nonprofit strategy and research organization founded by Harvard Business School’s Michael Porter, which focuses on inner city economic development. At ICIC, Adetola oversaw key stakeholder relationships in five markets and engaged more than a thousand small business owners as a part of their partnership with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, which is a $500 million investment to help small businesses create jobs and economic opportunity through connections to business education, financial capital, and business support services.
Passionate about mentorship and supporting communities of color, particularly Black women, she serves as an official mentor and advisor to Black young professionals within her company and outside of it. Adetola has also played a critical role in her company’s ongoing development of its racial equity strategy. She is a persistent advocate for her organization’s continued investment in and partnership with entrepreneurs of color through its investment portfolio, and she regularly partners with entrepreneurs in New Profit’s network to advise on the strategy of the work she leads.
Adetola is also the director of the Music Ministry at Destiny Molders Church, a member of Rooted Collaborative (a membership network of women of color fundraisers), a member of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts Young Professionals Network, and an executive team member of Afrobeats Dance Boston.
Adetola holds a BA in political economy from Princeton University.