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Nora Olagbaju

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Nora Olagbaju

Development & Events Manager

Nora Olagbaju is the Development and Events Manager at the Western Center on Law and Poverty. Born and raised in Washington D.C., Nora’s passion for advocacy stems from her commitment to justice and community-centered approaches.

Before joining the Western Center, Nora was the Media and Communications Associate at Groundswell, an environmental justice organization focused on building community power. In this role, she executed several events from the grassroots to the federal level to amplify community voices and drive restorative change. Notably, she organized a roundtable discussion and site visit for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, framed around Community Resilience, Entrepreneurship, and the Justice40 initiative. Alongside event management, Nora used her digital organizing skills to craft engaging multimedia content that bridges the gap between storytelling and impactful advocacy.

Throughout her career, Nora has been a champion for justice, holding positions in the labor movement, international human rights, community-based philanthropy, and environmental justice. Prior to her work with Groundswell, Nora worked with The Greater Washington Community Foundation on the LGBTQ+ fund, where she engaged with the community, advocated for budgets, and connected local LGBTQ+-led organizations to funding opportunities. Before entering the philanthropy sector, she worked for Jobs with Justice to implement the Advancing Black Strategists Initiative, developing a cohort of Black strategists in the labor and economic justice movement committed to policies supporting power-building for working people.

Above all, Nora is motivated by the prospect of dismantling systemic inequity and creating restorative solutions for future communities. Her lived experience has always informed her work, values, and interactions with the world and community. As a daughter of immigrants and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Nora uses her experiences to bring a valuable perspective to the movement for equality. Nora holds a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and continues to foster the spirit of joyful servitude for her community.

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