Bunmi Akinnusotu is a foreign policy enthusiast and experienced organizational management leader. She was a political appointee in the Obama Administration where she served as Special Assistant in the Office of Land and Emergency management at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Bunmi coordinated international affairs efforts to advance resource conservation and bring greater visibility to the social and economic benefits of reducing negative environmental impacts. She also advanced efforts that protect the civil rights of historically marginalized and disempowered populations living in or around neighborhoods that are environmentally unsafe. While at EPA, Bunmi also supported community engagement efforts in response to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Prior to her life as a public servant, Bunmi was a non-profit fundraiser for the YWCA and United Way in Chicago. Total, Bunmi facilitated solicitations and directly secured nearly $1 million for capital campaigns, program operations, and large-scale fundraising events. Bunmi has worked internationally at Search for Common Ground in Timor-Leste and taught English in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
She obtained her Master's degree in Public Administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and also a Master's in Sociology from Illinois State University Stevenson Center for Applied Community and Economic Development. She received her Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems from Bryant University located in her home state of Rhode Island. Bunmi is recovering collegiate volleyball player, loves anything made of red velvet and anything from Chicago, and enjoys being a newbie radio show and podcast producer of her show, What in the World? She is passionate about helping more Americans understand the connection of foreign policy to their everyday lives.