Adetola Olatunji

Manager, Learn to Earn Fund

Adetola’s main focus within the Learn to Earn fund is the design, launch, and execution of the Learning Lab, a cross-sector network of social entrepreneurs, funders, college/K-12 leaders, and researchers in the College Access & Success field. Adetola works to leverage New Profit’s internal expertise in the space, as well as insights from key stakeholders in the field, to create the framework, manage the ongoing support of the network, and design the initiatives launched by the Lab.

Adetola is passionate about sharing resources in underserved communities, maximizing social impact and supporting entrepreneurs. As the daughter of two social entrepreneurs and faith leaders who moved from Nigeria to this continent to ensure a better life for their kids, she was inspired by her family’s sacrifices for her education to choose a career that would enable her to pay it forward to the communities that raised her.

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 Michael Porter that encourages private sector investment in inner cities to create jobs, wealth and income for local residents. At ICIC, Adetola managed key stakeholder relationships in five major markets as a part of their partnership with the Goldman Sachs Foundation on an initiative called Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. This initiative is a $500 million investment to help small businesses create jobs and economic opportunity by providing them with greater access to business education, financial capital, and business support services.

Adetola is proud of her Nigerian heritage and loves to sing and dance in her free time. Outside of work, she is the Director of the Music Ministry at Destiny Molders Church in Randolph and is an active member of the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League. Adetola holds a B.A. in Political Economy from Princeton University, where she also minored in African Studies and Spanish.