Funke Aderonmu is committed to creating a more equitable and just world through shaping public policy. As a policy analyst at the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality-Economic Security and Opportunity Initiative, she leverages research and advocacy to elevate policy solutions to poverty and inequality, with a racial and gender equity focus.
Previously, Funke was a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center where she supported a group of Washington, DC residents advocating for food justice in the district. Additionally, she developed educational materials, planned events, and delivered presentations that empowered volunteer advocates around the country to champion anti-poverty policies with their elected representatives. In the past, Funke volunteered with Freedom from Hunger, a non-profit working to deliver innovative solutions to poverty. She also served on the inaugural leadership team for the Mandela Washington Fellowship-Energy Institute at UC Davis, an initiative of the Obama administration to empower the next generation of African leaders.
Funke has spoken on Capitol Hill, published articles, written policy memos, and co-authored reports on issues surrounding poverty, inequality, and civic engagement. Additionally, she has worked to promote Black women’s leadership in economics and public policy by serving on the organizing team of the Sadie Collective, which has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, and National Public Radio (NPR), among other platforms. Funke received her bachelor’s degree with honors in economics and international relations from the University of California, Davis.