Omar Woodard - Venture Philanthropy Partners

Omar Woodard

Omar Woodard draws on his deep expertise across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to improve the lives of people everywhere.

  • Omar T. Woodard, MPA

    Principal, Venture Philanthropy Partners. Consultant, Advisory Board Co. Deputy Regional Field Director, Obama for America. Lobbyist, The Whitaker Group. Contact:

    Omar T. Woodard is a Principal at Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), a Washington D.C.-based philanthropic investment firm that invests growth capital and provides strategic management support to nonprofits serving children and youth from low-income families in the National Capital Region.

    Prior to VPP, he was a Healthcare Consultant and Associate Director of Business Development at the Advisory Board Company, a global healthcare and education research firm based in Washington, D.C. He advised corporations, hospitals, colleges and universities on cost saving initiatives and best practice implementation; closed $1.5 million in new business; and conducted nearly 200 speaking engagements with senior executives on the most pressing business issues facing their enterprise.

    Omar also worked as a registered federal lobbyist for The Whitaker Group, a premier strategic consulting firm committed to creating sustainable prosperity in Africa. He implemented strategies for African heads of state and Fortune 500 companies to build and strengthen key relationships in Congress, the White House and federal agencies, and worked closely with the U.S. Congress, African heads of state and foreign government ministers to secure increased trade and investment opportunities through coalition building, the appropriations process and U.S. foreign aid programs.

    In 2008, Omar was a Deputy Regional Field Director in Pennsylvania for the Obama for America presidential campaign. He played an integral role in Chester County voting Democratic for the first time since 1964. He began his career on Capitol Hill as an aide to Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA).

    He serves on several nonprofit boards, including The Board of Trustees of The George Washington University (GWU); the Board of Advisors for the GWU Elliott School of International Affairs; the Board of Managers of Girard College; the Board of the Girard College Development Fund; and the Board of Directors of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. He is a former Chair of the DC Chapter of the NAACP International Affairs Committee.

    In 2006, he was selected as a Toyota Presidential Fellow for the Center of the Study of the Presidency and Congress, and in 2005 selected as a Pennsylvania Political Leaders Fellow for the inaugural class of the Center for Progressive Leadership (CPL). He is also a noted public speaker, and has judged numerous social enterprise competitions, including at Harvard Business School and Temple University.

    He is a two-time graduate of The George Washington University, and as a Presidential Administrative Fellow from 2005-2007 earned an M.P.A. in Nonprofit Management from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, and a B.A. in International Economics & Public Policy from the Elliott School of International Affairs. He also completed the Governing for Nonprofit Excellence program at Harvard Business School. During college, Omar served as President of the Black Student Union and Student Body President.

    He is a native of North Philadelphia, PA and is a graduate of Girard College, a Grade 1-12 boarding school for low income, single parent children. He speaks Arabic and French at an intermediate level.

  • - Nonprofits and Philanthropy
    - Board Governance
    - Student Leadership
    - Personal Development
    - Black Male College Success
    - Social Entrepreneurship
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