Pepe Wonosikou, MPA has always believed in the greater good and each individual's potential to achieve and shine. A dynamic and driven professional with over 15 years' experience, she fearlessly champions organizational growth and community visibility within educational programs, nonprofits and foundations. As a former College Ready Grant Director at Saint Paul College and Program Manager with Northside Achievement Zone in Minneapolis, Ms. Wonosikou has worked tirelessly to help students and underserved populations stretch their boundaries and broaden their abilities. From closing achievement gaps to spearheading student retention efforts, her work in higher education and community development has won her the respect of colleagues and community leaders, alike.
Her gracious and thoughtfully intelligent impact has resonated not just locally but on the other side of the world where she founded the Numan School in her native Nigeria. Her mother, who was denied an education because of her gender, sought to make sure her daughters had the chance to pursue the opportunities she never had. She continues to be an inspiration for Pepe, who founded the Numan School Project in her mother's honor. The Numan School Project's ongoing mission is to help provide the children of Numan, Nigeria with a better education so that they can become the pioneers of a brighter future.
Ms. Wonosikou's other professional roles have included Student Advisor and Multi-Cultural Center Coordinator at Dunwoody College and Family and Youth Intervention Specialist at the Minneapolis Urban League. She was selected and served on the Destination2010 College Readiness implementation team for the Minneapolis Foundation and currently serves on the Board of Directors at YouthCARE.
Ms. Wonosikou holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She currently resides in her beloved Minneapolis which has benefitted from her empathy, drive and commitment to social change in so many ways.