Olivia Giddings is a program officer and the leadership in civic engagement track lead for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.
In this role, she provides leadership for programmatic and curricular planning, budgetary and subaward oversight, and participant emergency management for the Leadership in Civic Engagement Institutes. She also provides visionary oversight for virtual content creation as it relates to the Leadership Institutes.
Prior to joining IREX, Olivia was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned a B.A. in political science and communication arts and certificates in African studies and gender and women’s studies.
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, D.C. performing grant writing and project budgeting for the development team.