Ogechukwu (Ogay) Irono is the President of TIS Foundation and President of TIS Foundation’s non-profit arm in Africa, African Community Bridge Foundation (ACBF). A native of Nigeria, Mrs. Irono has a background in molecular biology and a Master’s in Public Administration and in International Community Development. As a non-profit leader, educator, counselor and mentor, she has been serving youth and families living in poverty in the U.S. and Africa since 1994. Through her work with ACBF, Ogay is leading entrepreneurship and business development programs in Nigeria to move women and youth out of poverty. She continues to leverage her global philanthropic experience and insights to advance economic mobility in the U.S. through the TIS Foundation. As the President of TIS Foundation, she is fulfilling her passion for empowering underserved individuals, particularly women, to overcome poverty and fulfill their economic potential here in the nation’s capital.
Ogay has over 15 years of experience in strategic planning, operations and fiscal management within business and academic research environments. Her experience in biomedical research, experimental design and project management has contributed significantly to her ability to orchestrate operational effectiveness within the corporate and non-profit arenas. Mrs. Irono plans and directs all aspects of TIS Foundation, including operational activities, partnerships, programs, and events to further the goals of the Foundation. She coordinates the logistical execution of programs both in regional and global capacities and is responsible for developing fundraising strategies and grant pursuits. Mrs. Irono is the wife of Emmanuel O. Irono and the mother of three children, Chidera, Zikora, and Obi.