Jaisy B. Omollo
Assistant Director of Civic and Global Engagement
- Allentown, PA
- Home Country
Jaisy B. Omollo is a Pennsylvania resident and New Jersey native. Jaisy was raised here by her parents from Kenya, East Africa who migrated to the United States in search of better opportunities for themselves and their children. At a young age, Jaisy observed a world that was unjust through her family and her own experiences. “I watched injustice prevail in many areas of my life. I have hope for the idea for the many beloved communities that we call our own. I dream to contribute to the betterment of my community.”
In 2014 Jaisy attended La Salle University where she received her Bachelor's in Political Science. During her time at La Salle University, she was recognized as a student leader at La Salle and its surrounding community. She served as the Vice President of the African American Student League, Senator of Student Government, a student member of President's Advisory Board, and many other roles on and off campus. In her third year in college, she was offered an opportunity to work for the campaign of Pennsylvania’s current Attorney General Josh Shapiro. Immediately after that, she was offered to serve as a legislative intern in the office of Councilwoman Cindy Bass.
After earning her degree she continued her efforts as a young political scientist and justice through her candidacy with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. The CBCF placed her on Capitol Hill in the office of Congressman John Lewis, legendary Civil Rights leader. Through this experience she has built relations with the grandson of Nelson Mandela as well as the staff for Impact Strategies by Angela Rye of whom she volunteered for after her time on the Hill.
Jaisy moved back to Pennsylvania to work as an organizer with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. This experience led her to the realization that injustice was not a partisan issue so she left to start her new journey as a POWER Interfaith (the largest faith-based grassroots organization in the State of Pennsylvania) Community Organizer fighting against racial injustice. As a community organizer with POWER, she contributed to policy change across the nation, by leading community groups that were supporting local and statewide efforts that are responding to the injustices we face everyday.
Currently Jaisy is working as the Assistant Director at the Civic & Local Engagement Division. She acts as a liaison between the community, supports students who are building a professional and academic career through a lense of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and also co-instructs a class that teaches students that there is a role for everyone in a fight for justice. She hopes to continually develop in her role and directly impact the fight for racial injustice locally, nationally, and globally.