MJ Children's Law and Policy, Loyola University Chicago, 2021
MS Child Development, Erikson Institute, 2021;
BS Public Relations, Missouri State University, 2018




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Olayemi Tobi Ponnle

Development Assistant

Olayemi came to ELPC after being a Graduate Intern for the Irving Harris Foundation and her recent graduation from the Erikson Institute and Loyola University Chicago in 2021. At the Foundation, she supported state national early childhood policy and advocacy work. Prior to that she has had various experiences in development and fundraising, childcare and education, and administration.

What’s a place you love in the Midwest?

I love going to Union Station, Crown Center, and The Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City, it makes for a fun-filled day.

What drives you to do this work?

I believe we all play a part in protecting the environment. Each role is unique and plays to our own strengths to lift up the work. I decided to not only center sustainability and environmentalism in my personal life but to make it a part of my professional life as well in the way that best suits me.