Olatunji Oboi Reed’s passion lies at the intersection of community, culture, and health. He works globally as a racial equity tactician and racial justice activist. With an extensive background in both nonprofit management and corporate social responsibility, he is most proud of his work to create a diverse coalition working together to achieve racial equity and mobility justice across the City of Chicago.
Oboi serves as the founding president & CEO of Equiticity, a racial equity movement, operationalizing racial equity by harnessing our collective power through research, advocacy, programs, and community mobility rituals to improve the lives of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people in our society. Equiticity’s vision is a mid- to large-sized U.S. city where racial equity is fully integrated at the policy and legislative levels into every function, department, budget, and resource associated with the city’s operations, services, and programs.
Oboi co-founded and recently served as the president and CEO of the Slow Roll Chicago bicycle movement. Slow Roll Chicago worked to build an equitable, diverse, and inclusive bicycle culture in Chicago by organizing community bicycle rides and advocating for bicycle equity.
In 2015, Oboi was awarded The White House Transportation Champion of Change award by The White House and the United States Department of Transportation. Oboi serves as co-chair of the Transportation Equity Network and is a member of the 2018 Grist Fixers cohort, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s Human and Community Development Committee, and PolicyLink’s Transportation Equity Caucus.
Oboi graduated from Roosevelt University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.