Hometown: Marietta, GA
Ayo Aladesanmi is a dedicated learner, change agent, researcher, and strategist.
Currently, Ayo is working as a research economist & planning associate with the Atlanta Regional Commission in Atlanta, GA, and serving as a National Hometown Fellow in the inaugural cohort of the Lead for America fellowship program.
At ARC - metro Atlanta’s regional planning & local government coordination agency, representing over 6 million residents - Ayo has been responsible for providing economic analysis and localized insight across key issues for metro Atlanta, including population & employment growth, housing & community development, climate action & sustainability, and community-based health. As a National Hometown Fellow, Ayo is a proud member of a nation-wide community of change makers seeking to generate pathways into civic leadership, strengthen our country’s public institutions, and create the next generation of public service leaders.
In 2021, Ayo launched a Community Venture with Neighborhood Nexus, an Atlanta-based data advocacy organization, and ARC’s Research & Analytics Group to create a host of data fluency & accessibility tools, seeking to strengthen the culture around equity driven, data informed decision-making within Atlanta’s social sector and non-profit community.
Calling the Atlanta area home, Ayo attended Cobb County public schools and graduated with a degree in Economics from Georgia Tech, where he also worked with the Georgia House Minority Caucus, interned with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and served as SGA Vice President for Georgia Tech’s undergraduate student body.
As an inaugural Alumni Manager, Ayo is incredibly excited to launch new initiatives to support the first graduated classes of Lead for America fellows, and come fall 2021, will be studying public administration & administrative law at the University of Pennsylvania.
In his spare time, you can find Ayo buying (and hopefully reading) new books, hanging with friends, and checking out Pitchfork’s Best New Music reviews.
Reconciling identities, pursuing purpose, instilling inspiration.