Executive Director, African Family Health Organization
Mrs. Oni Richards Waritay
Oni Richards-Waritay currently serves as the Executive Director of the African Family Health Organization (AFAHO) where she is responsible for developing, implementing and managing health and human service programs for the African and Caribbean immigrant and refugee community in the greater Philadelphia area as well as directing the administrative functions of the organization. She brings more than six years of program development and management experience to this position. Oni previously coordinated the health programs at the Black Women’s Health Alliance and served as a consultant in the Africa Program of the American Friends Service Committee where she organized advocacy activities related to health, social and economic justice issues in Africa; with a particular focus on developing campaigns and speaking tours on debt cancellation for African nations. She spent time in Durban, South Africa creating programs and conducting fundraising activities for an orphanage serving children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and conducting needs assessments related to healthcare needs in Liberia.
Oni was selected as a Visionary Emerging Leader by the Valentine Foundation and awarded a scholarship to attend the Non-Profit Executive Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College. She was also given the 2012 Echoes of Africa Community Service Award by the Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs and a Citation by the City Council of Philadelphia for her work and dedication. In 2015, Oni received the Community Leadership Award from ACANA for her efforts in addressing the health needs of the African Diaspora. An Africanist who is passionate about youth and economic development and innovation by Africans for Africa, she is in the process of launching a project to address these issues. Oni is originally from Liberia and resides in Philadelphia with her family.