Omar Woodard is an experienced leader with 13 years of experience in venture philanthropy & social innovation, nonprofit governance, and state, federal, and foreign government relations. Currently, he is executive director of GreenLight Fund Philadelphia, a nonprofit venture capital firm focused on improving economic mobility, and an adjunct professor of business at Temple University.
Omar served as policy director for a mayoral campaign in Philadelphia, and prior to that was a principal at Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), one of the nation’s earliest philanthropic investment firms, where he co-managed a $20M portfolio to achieve social impact across education, youth development, and health. Prior, he was a healthcare and higher education management consultant, and associate director of business development at Advisory Board Company. For two years he was a federally registered lobbyist for the Whitaker Group, a premier consulting firm focused on increasing US-African trade & investment. He worked in the Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations, and the Office of the Senior Vice President at the George Washington University.
He is a board member of the Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia, Global Philadelphia Association, Maternity Care Coalition, and Girard College Foundation. He is a Fellow with the Institute for Emerging Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University, a Fellow with the Association of Black Foundation Executives, a Toyota Presidential Fellow with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, and he received the Hansjoerg Wyss Award for Social Enterprise from Harvard Business School.
Omar received a M.P.A in nonprofit management, and a B.A. in International Affairs (Economics, Arabic) and a minor in public policy, both from the George Washington University, where he was a Presidential Fellow and Student Body President. He holds an executive education certificate in nonprofit governance from Harvard Business School.