Provide clarity, foster understanding, and build consensus for Executive buy-in.
Evaluate opportunities for implementation, and find new partners.
Identify areas for additional consultation, and assist in developing measurable goals.
Assess investment processes and identify opportunities for business development.
Refine a social equity thesis,
and craft an innovative
Develop deal flow, and aid in monitoring, reporting, and communicating progress.
Jochebed Aduke Bogunjoko
Jochebed began her life in finance and entrepreneurship at an early age - putting together the first of many budgets at eight years old after launching a baked treat delivery business out of her Easy-Bake Oven. She went on to pursue a liberal arts education at Williams College, where she homed in on the historical drivers of socioeconomic disparity through degrees in Economics and History.
Her experiences growing up in three countries as the daughter of Nigerian missionaries inspired in Jochebed a lifelong passion for promoting inclusion and pursuing social equity through finance. She was a member of the Investment Group at Tiedemann Advisors, where she helped lead Impact Investing and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategies while conducting due diligence on investment vehicles in all asset classes.
Most recently Jochebed consulted with GRID 202 Partners, where she helped the Registered Investment Advisor develop a theory of change for moving investment strategies, capital, and financial planning services into communities of color. Jochebed volunteers on the Alumni Board of QuestBridge, an education non-profit connecting low-income students with opportunities at elite colleges and beyond. She is a member of the Intentional Endowments Network and their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group.
Outside of the office, she loves to sing, and cook; and is in the market for a puppy.
Black Urban Grower's Conference
Net Impact Annual Conference
Opportunity Collaboration (Facilitator)
Haverford College Microfinance Club (Speaker)
TIME'S UP: Pay Equity Luncheon
IEN Community Investment Roundtable
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
by Cathy O'Neil
The Purpose of Capital by Jed Emerson
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Built to Last by James Collins and Jerry Porras
J for Jochebed, which means "the glory of God", or to some, "God's love". Aduke is one of the founder's middle names that means "Beloved" or "Cherished" in her mother-tongue Yoruba. Some say the name is meant to instill a child with a spirit of warm-heartedness and responsiveness to the needs of others. Together, J Aduke speaks to the vital need to protect and include Indigenous culture and communities in advancing social change. The name reflects the belief that the best way to glorify God is by exemplifying his love for "the least of these":
the hungry, the homeless, the sick, the imprisoned, the forgotten.
Coincidently, J. Aduke Alakaji was also the first African woman to become a social worker in Nigeria.
RACIAL EQUITY vs. DIVERSITY:
Diversity, though a crucial step on the road to equity, is often misunderstood. It's meaning has moved away from emphasizing disadvantaged groups and can get caught up in training and minimum representation.
Racial equity is the overarching goal; racial, ethnic, geographic, and class diversity, supported by an equally shared sense of belonging and responsibility, are milestones indicating success along the way.