Urban Alliance Chicago Names Abiodun Durojaye New Executive Director


CHICAGO, IL – Former National Louis University Executive Director of Career Services and Placement, Abiodun Durojaye is set to head Urban Alliance Chicago as its next executive director. Urban Alliance is a national youth workforce development nonprofit that has provided young people in Chicago with paid internships, personalized mentorship, and post high school career development since 2012. Urban Alliance partners with Chicago Public Schools, the Obama Foundation, LinkedIn, Northern Trust, and others to actively build the next generation of local talent.

“Abiodun’s dedication to youth development and career pathway programs positions her as a champion for Urban Alliance’s work to close the equity gap for Chicago’s opportunity youth,” said Elizabeth Lindsey, CEO of Urban Alliance. “We are excited about the future of Urban Alliance Chicago under Abiodun’s leadership, as well as the celebration of our fifth year of collaboration with the Obama Youth Jobs Corps.”

As Urban Alliance Chicago Executive Director, Durojaye will lead a vibrant team and give strategic leadership to young people in Chicago. She joins Urban Alliance as we approach a milestone year with the Obama Youth Jobs Corps, a program developed in collaboration with the Obama Foundation to enhance economic opportunities for youth in Chicago.

At National Louis University, Durojaye helped launch a Career Readiness Endorsement program aimed at increasing student confidence and soft skills prior to graduation. She also founded ASIDALove, an organization dedicated to inspiring young immigrant girls. Durojaye holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master of Arts in African Studies, and a Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership.

“Urban Alliance is an amazing, reputable organization whose mission of empowering under-resourced youth to aspire, work and succeed, resonates so much with me being a first-generation immigrant myself, said Durojaye, “My goal is to provide young people with the opportunities and experiences needed to move them towards economic mobility.”

Urban Alliance works with schools, local organizations, students, and employers to build a more equitable, diverse next-generation workforce. The organization does so by offering deep-touch professional soft skills training, mentoring, and 9-month paid internships to young people, as well as curriculum outreach for workforce facilitators and employers. For more information visit us at and follow us on TwitterInstagramFacebook, and LinkedIn.