Dr. Wendy Osefo is a professor and social justice advocate with expertise in public policy and urban education. Wendy is a highly sought after speaker and consultant on issues of race and access in the K-16 education landscape. As a researcher, Dr. Osefo examines how race and class influence the learning, achievement, and educational trajectories of African American and other non-dominant students in schools and community settings.
Currently, Dr. Osefo is a Professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Education. At Johns Hopkins Wendy teaches Disciplinary Approaches to Education; Strategic Systems Change and Action Planning; Power, Politics, and Policy Education; and Contemporary Approaches to Educational Problems. Dr. Osefo is an expert in creating innovate strategies to address our nation’s most pressing social needs and educational disparities.
Wendy has written extensively on both local and international education policy issues and her work has been featured in TED Education, ABC’s Armstrong Williams Show, Public Administration Review, The Washington Post, EBONY, Nonprofit Quarterly, Young Nonprofits Professional Network’s Equity, Diversity and inclusion Series, and Face2Face Africa online and print magazine.
Dr. Osefo has over a decade of experience being an advocate for low-income children and families. Prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins University, Wendy served as the Director of the Master of Arts in Management program at Goucher College and as the Director of Family and Community Engagement for the U.S. Department of Education awarded D.C. Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI). DCPNI is the Obama Administration’s antipoverty initiative and the signature program for The White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.
Dr. Osefo holds a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University, an M.A. in Government from The Johns Hopkins University, a MS.c. in Public Affairs and a Ph.D. in Public Affairs-Community Development from Rutgers University. Dr. Osefo is a board member for The Education Foundation for Baltimore County Public Schools, The Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel, and The Obama Green Charter School. Dr. Osefo is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and The National Urban League.
Dr. Osefo lives in Scaggesville, Maryland with her husband and two sons.