Al Obayuwana joins Local Matters as Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Local Matters is pleased to announce the appointment of Al Obayuwana as the organization’s new Executive Director. Following a search conducted by Benefactor Group, Obayuwana was selected for his extensive experience in nonprofit leadership and his passion for addressing urgent issues in family, child development, and affordable housing.

“We are pleased to welcome Al Obayuwana as the next Executive Director of Local Matters,” said Katie Burgess, Local Matters’ Board Chair. “Al brings a wealth of experience, strong community connections, and a deep commitment to our mission and values. We are confident that his expertise will help us continue to grow and expand our impact in Central Ohio and beyond.”

Obayuwana joins Local Matters after serving as Director of Community Partnerships at Upholdings, a Chicago based permanent supportive housing agency serving Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and California. Prior to that, he was the Vice President of Youth Development for YMCA of Central Ohio, where he provided association-wide leadership to Day Camp and Youth Sports, as well as expanded their free produce markets reaching thousands of families.

“I am humbled to join Local Matters, an organization that has been a leader in creating healthier communities through food access and education for the past fifteen years,” said Obayuwana. “As a parent and partner to Local Matters, I have seen the impact of their work firsthand, and am excited to work with this committed board, talented staff, and all the amazing community partners to create more equitable access to food education and affordable, fresh, culturally appropriate foods.”

As Executive Director, Obayuwana will oversee Local Matters’ operations and play a critical role in steering its strategic direction. He will focus on fundraising, financial management, community collaboration, and stakeholder relations. Under his guidance, Local Matters will continue to reach thousands of children and families with comprehensive food education, access, and advocacy programming each year.

“Al’s experience, leadership, and connections in the Central Ohio nonprofit community make him a valuable asset to Local Matters and our community,” said Burgess. “We are thrilled to welcome him as our next Executive Director.”

Obayuwana officially begins the Executive Director role on May 6, 2024, succeeding Michelle Moskowitz Brown, who served in the role from 2014 until 2023.

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