Adamaka Ajaelo is a Oakland native, leader, innovator, and problem solver. She is radical, analytical, bold and fearless. She is the Founding Executive Director of Self-eSTEM, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a sustainable supply of underrepresented minority women leaders who are recognized as top talent and innovation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The motivation to start her own nonprofit was driven by personal experiences of encountering resistance and adversity as she moved throughout the STEM pipeline from high school to college, and later into her career. She was tired of being the only one that looked like her in the classrooms and the meeting rooms. She believes fighting racial and gender injustices is a multi-faceted approach, and her fight is within the STEM industry.
As a former Facebook Data Analyst, she worked on providing data and insights to influence global workforce plans and talent development strategies. She has worked at top companies such as Kaiser Permanente, Cisco Systems, Workday and Visa in the areas of Finance, Workforce Planning & Analytics and Business Continuity. She is an entrepreneur with a proven talent for advancing women of color exposure and competence in STEM, and she is an Angel Investor at Pipeline Investors.
Adamaka received her B.A. in Mathematics from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA and her M.B.A. in Finance and Leadership-Management from Holy Names University in Oakland, CA. When she is not working, she enjoys attending Warriors basketball games, local wine tasting and trying new restaurants.