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A black-and-white headshot of a Black man with very short hair and trimmed beard. He wears a button-down shirt and suit jacket. Behind him are three graphic circles: one pastel green, one pastel blue and one white.

Olamide Babatunde

UChicago Obama Scholars 2022-2023

Role

Former Director, Alumni Career Office, Noble Network of Charter Schools

Location

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

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Biography

Olamide Babatunde founded the Alumni Career Office at Noble Network of Charter Schools, an open enrollment, multi-campus public charter school network that predominantly serves low-income and first-generation college students throughout Chicago. Through that work, he improved the employment outcomes of over 17,500 Noble alumni from 41% to 80% within three years, surpassing the national average for all college graduates in the U.S. by 5%. The Alumni Career Office has since provided individual coaching to graduates, established recruiting pipelines with over 150 regional employers, and created paid internship programs that students can complete during college to boost their experience.

Olamide is pursuing a master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.