Olivia Giddings is a program associate for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative. In this role, she works to support the program’s Leadership in Business Institutes.
Prior to joining IREX, Olivia was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and communication arts, and certificates in African studies and gender and women’s studies.
Olivia also spent a semester abroad in South Africa studying South African politics, foreign policy, and gender and development in Africa at the University of Cape town. While there, she volunteered as a mentor for students ages seven to ten in a local township.
During her time as an undergraduate student, Olivia supported fundraising and development initiatives for Project 1808, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to providing quality education and leadership development to students in the Koinadugu district of Sierra Leone. She organized multiple fundraisers and managed donor outreach and communications. Additionally, Olivia held a development internship with the Darfur Women Action Group in Washington, DC performing grant writing and project budgeting for the development team.
Olivia currently holds an executive board position with Project 1808, Inc. and acts as the main DC contact for potential partners.