Co-Founder and Board Member
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Chinwe Onyeagoro is a co-founder and Board member of O-H Community Partners (OHcp), an economic development consulting firm, focusing on small and midsize business development.
Ms. Onyeagoro has assisted non-profits, philanthropies, corporations, and financial institutions around the country in designing and implementing strategic/business plans, community outreach, financing/fundraising, project management, and performance measurement systems.
She has worked with public and private organizations to successfully complete a wide range of successful community and economic development programs. OHcp has successfully raised a total of $120 million in grants, competitive loans, tax incentives, and government subsidies for clients throughout the country.
She is the Co-founder and CEO of FundWell (www.thefundwell.com), a small business financing matching platform that provides news, referrals, and advice to small businesses with over 200 national/regional/local funder partners that provide different types of capital, including grants, subordinated loans, lines of credit, tax incentives, bonds, equity financing.
Prior to establishing OHcp, Ms. Onyeagoro worked as one of four investment analysts overseeing the Pritzker Realty Group’s $3 billion in real estate assets, including a sizable inventory of retail, mixed-use, multifamily, senior living, and Alzheimer’s care facilities. Previously, Ms. Onyeagoro worked for ten years in the field of management consulting for global strategy firms, including McKinsey & Company and The Monitor Group. As a McKinsey consultant, she provided strategic business and financial advisory services to executives of Fortune 1000 companies across a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, and retail. As a Monitor Group consultant, she conducted market research, strategy consulting, and analytics consulting services to public and private sector clients. Internationally, Ms. Onyeagoro has consulted with one of the largest agricultural equipment firms based in Tel Aviv, Israel and a government owned postal service company in Madrid, Spain.
Ms. Onyeagoro graduated magna cum laude with a joint degree in Economics and East Asian Studies from Harvard University. She is a member of The Aspen Institute’s 2008 Class of Henry Crown Fellows, Economic Club of Chicago, and Lambda Alpha International. She is a licensed real estate broker and a member of the National Association of Realtors. In 2007, Ms. Onyeagoro was named one of Chicago’s 40 under 40 by Crain’s Chicago Business. In 2008, she received an Emerging Leaders Award from the Anti-Defamation League of Chicago. That same year, she was presented with the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago’s Women of Achievement of Award.
Ms. Onyeagoro serves on the board of a number of organizations, including the Advantage Capital Partners – a U.S. based venture capital and small business financing firm that has invested $1.3 billion in businesses operating in underserved areas, Insight Center for Community Economic Development, Center for Neighborhood Technology, CNTEnergy, Illinois Governor Quinn’s Taskforce on Social Innovation, Enterprise, and Entrepreneurship, Presidio Graduate School, Benevolent.net, and Chicago Workforce Investment Council Stats.
She is former Board Chair of Chicago Cable Access Network – TV, a former Board member of Taproot Foundation, The Cara Program, Metropolitan Planning Council, Burnham Plan Centennial Committee and Chicago 2016 Olympics Next Generation Leadership Advisory Council. She is an active member of the Social Enterprise Alliance.
Ms. Onyeagoro and her work have been featured in Reuters, Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Defender, Lake Front Outlook, and the Hyde Park Herald.