Ayeola Fortune is the Senior Director of Impact and Global Results at United Way Worldwide. Ayeola leads UWW’s effort collect data on a common set of indicators to aggregate United Ways’ collective impact across communities. This effort is part of the United Way’s overall strategic imperative to connect the dollars raised in communities to investments that build community capacity and improve lives. She also leads the organization’s efforts to develop strategies, initiatives, resources, and tools to support United Way’s 2028 national goals in education and health.
Previously, as Director of Youth Success, Ayeola developed strategies, resources, and tools and led major initiatives to build network capacity to improve the number of students that graduate high school prepared for college and career. This included grants focused on out-of-school time, middle grades success, and post-secondary completion, as well as United Way Worldwide’ s Ready by 21 National Partnership. She also helped lead the development of United Way’s education roadmaps which outlined the critical strategies, implementation approaches and potential roles that United Ways can play to improve educational outcomes, especially for at-risk youth, in their communities. Before joining UWW, Ayeola served as the director of extended learning opportunities and development Project at the Council of Chief State School Officers from 2001-2009. In this role, she developed proposals to support Council activities based on identified state education agency needs relative to implementing federal policy initiatives. Preceding this role, Ayeola was a high school teacher at The Ellis School in Pittsburgh, PA.
Ayeola earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Lehigh University, as well as a Master of Arts in political science from the University of Pittsburgh.