Ebony O’Rea, Community Foundation of Louisville

TITLE: Program Officer

FOCUS AREAS: Community leadership

CONTACT:  502.855.6971, ebonyo@cflouisville.org

PROFILE:  Ebony O’Rea is a program officer at the Community Foundation of Louisville. She has been with the foundation since December 2015 and previously worked as the community organizer for Making Changes Together LLC. Before that, she worked as a community outreach worker for the Louisville Metro Government and an assistant counselor for Nativity Academy at St. Boniface.

O’Rea’s foundation bio shares:

Ebony O’Rea joined the Community Foundation in November 2015 as a Program Officer on the Community Leadership team.

Ebony attended the University of Louisville, earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Pan-African Studies.  After gaining experience in adolescent mental health, child abuse and neglect she decided to pursue her masters in order to have more influence over the policies that impact children and families.  Earning her master of science degree from the Kent School of Social Work, her studies concentrated on policy change for social justice issues, with a heavy emphasis on fatherhood practices and policy.

Ebony has served Louisville as an independent community organizer with Making Changes Together, LLC. and was previously Senior Manager of Network Organizing for the former Network Center for Community Change, a nonprofit social justice and social change organization, focused on building stronger communities and changing the outcome for individuals, children and families in Louisville’s urban core.  She now brings to CFL her skills in community building, leadership development, facilitation and curriculum development.

Ebony currently chairs the Enhancing Community Connections Project Advisory Group and serves on the Board of Directors for COPES, Inc.  She also serves as a board member for Nativity Academy at St. Boniface, Louisville, Kentucky. In her free time, Ebony enjoys music of all genres, shopping for shoes, traveling, finding meaning in life and being a mother to her nine-year-old son, Makel and newborn daughter, Mia.