Yewande “Lola” Maraiyesa is a Program Officer in the Business Development Unit. She began her time with Partners as the President’s Office Intern.
Lola also works as a Residential Coordinator and Volunteer Outreach Advocate with FAIR Girls, an organization that provides intervention and holistic care to female survivors of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children. Lastly, she volunteers on a weekly basis with D.C. Public Schools as a Reading Partners Tutor.
Lola graduated from the American University in Cairo’s (Egypt) School of Global Affairs and Public Policy in 2019 as a Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellow receiving her MA in Global Affairs, concentrating in international security. In 2017, Lola received her BA with honors in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
A native of Lagos, Nigeria and exposed to many different cultures, Lola developed an interest in learning about the world at a young age and has tailored both her professional and personal pursuits to discover and use the tools, knowledge, and resources to build her competencies as a global leader. She is fiercely passionate about addressing and alleviating some of the factors that contribute to international in-security, such as human trafficking, and socio-economic inequalities. Her long-term goal is to work in this fields back home in the West African region.
Lola is Fluent in her native language Yoruba and is currently working towards developing her professional competencies in French, Arabic, and Spanish to be able to serve as many communities around the world as possible.