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Common Impact Names Ola Duru Chief Operating Officer

By Common Impact | November 9, 2021

Education and Nonprofit Industry Veteran Will Oversee Operational Scale for Pioneer in Skills-Based Volunteering

Brooklyn, NY – Nov. 9, 2021 – Today, Common Impact, the nonprofit pioneer in skills-based volunteerism announced the appointment of Ola Duru as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

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Duru has a passion for creating equitable spaces and opportunities for marginalized people and has a proven history of operational excellence in support of these communities. In her new role, Duru will be working closely with Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly to lead and scale the organization’s internal operations and talent functions.

“We are excited to welcome Ola Duru to our executive team,” said Danielle Holly, CEO of Common Impact. “Common Impact will look to her operational leadership as we continue to rapidly expand our skills-based volunteering initiatives. Our commitment to anti-racism requires daily, intentional work to ensure equity is built into our systems, our culture and every dimension of our operations. Ola is a bold champion for racial justice and equity, with many years dedicated to serving underrepresented communities.”

Before joining Common Impact, Duru was the Senior Director of Operations and Finance with Black Girls CODE (BGC), leading the organization’s operations, finance, and development functions. There, she helped raise over $20 million dollars and developed pivotal systems and processes to support the BGC’s goal of increasing equity for Black girls in STEM spaces. Prior to BGC, Duru spent over a decade creating and implementing operational excellence systems in charter schools across New York City including Explore Schools and Manhattan Charter Schools.

“I am thrilled to join the Common Impact team and looking forward to helping the organization become an even more dynamic and stronger force for social change,” said Duru. “As a direct recipient of skills-based volunteering in my previous nonprofit roles, I can attest to the tremendous value it brings to nonprofits and volunteers alike. I am excited to be working with the leading organization pushing new boundaries with this powerful initiative.”

Duru will be based at Common Impact’s headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. Duru graduated from American University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and International Marketing and from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business with a master’s degree in Business Administration. She is a proud Nigerian immigrant with roots in many communities across the United States. She resides in Brooklyn and loves to explore NYC parks with her family on the weekends.


About Common Impact
Common Impact is a national nonprofit that works to build a society in which individuals and businesses invest their unique talents towards a shared purpose: strengthening the local communities in which we live and work. Founded in 2000, Common Impact has partnered with Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of the country’s leading nonprofit organizations to create transformational change through skills-based volunteering. Learn more about Common Impact’s services, impact, and clients.

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