Funlayo Wood


Funlayo is a dedicated community leader of over a decade who has lent her skills and voice to numerous organizations in the United States and beyond. She currently serves as Founding Director of the African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA), Executive Director of the Orisa Community Development Corporation, and chair of the Steering Committee of Harvard’s Du Bois Graduate Society. Additionally, she is a trained peace and nonviolence facilitator with Creating a Culture of Peace and creator of Ase Ire, an inspirational webspace and resource center which serves the community with personal development workshops and journeys to sites of spiritual interest around the world.

A native New Yorker, Funlayo holds a BA in African Diaspora Studies from the City University of New York Degree for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, an MA in History from the City College of New York and an AM in African Studies from Harvard, where she is a doctoral candidate in African Studies and Religion. Funlayo has held numerous fellowships including tenures at the Colin Powell Center for Leadership and Service at CCNY and the Center for the Study of World Religions at HDS. She is a strong believer in ethical leadership and looks forward to exploring this and more as an HGSLI Fellow.