Naima Oyo

Naima Oyo, Ifetayo Cultural Arts

Naima Oyo is the Executive Director of Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy (“Ifetayo”). As a proud Brooklyn native, Naima brings an exceptional combination of corporate, foundation and community organizing skills developed through an African-centered life and work experience to Ifetayo. As a forward thinking and strategic Brooklyn-based institution, Ifetayo inspires current and future generations to develop a strong African-centered cultural identity so that the extended Ifetayo community understands their power and responsibility to transform social inequity-from Brooklyn to Zimbabwe! Inher prior profession, she spent 20+ years in the financial services sector. Most recently Naima was the Community Development and Outreach Officer for BankUnited. She previously served as the Community Relations Manager at TD Bank, and the Metro-NYC Regional CRA Officer at M&T Bank. Naima successfully built effective collaborative and wealth building relationships with key community partners across markets to mutually serve the needs of each financial institution and the communities they serviced.Naima enjoys both working and volunteering in the community and ensuring that community members are active participants in the development of programs, community plans and community visioning. She served on the Boards of IMPACCT Brooklyn, the New York Mortgage Coalition, and two donor directed funding collaborative: the New York City Change Capital Fund and the Long Island Fund Racial Equity Donor Collaborative. She previously served as the Board Chair of Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, Inc. Naima holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Business from Brooklyn College and lives with her family in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.


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