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Ndely-Ogundipe brings inclusive design to Presidential Innovation Fellow – UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

1 June 2022

Emilia Nedelli-Ogundipe

Emilia Ndely-Ogundipe, MHA ’15 (Health Policy and Management), MBA, has been selected for the 2022 White House Presidential Innovation Fellow (PIF) Program. In this role, he Will work with the Department of Labor to develop impactful products and services that keep users at the center.

Ndely-Ogundipe began in February and will spend a year working as a full-time, salaried partner for senior government officials. The program also includes a cohort component that will enable her to collaborate with 50+ other PIFs, along with the opportunity to work with leaders from the public and private sector,

“Impact based work has been a through line in my career and was one of the major reasons I was drawn to the HPM program,” she said. “Whether I am in health care or government, I am drawn to opportunities that allow me to serve others when they are often at their most vulnerable. The PIF program was an opportunity for me to take these experiences and serve as a consultant at the federal level.

The PIF program brings expertise in data science, design and systems thinking in a mission-driven setting where fellows work on solutions to issues of national importance. Recent projects have facilitated the adoption of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, increased diverse representation in precision medicine research and initiated the development of frameworks to address artificial intelligence (AI) transparency.

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Graduated in 2015 with a Master of Business Administration degree from UNC as well as a Master of Health Administration from the Department of Health Policy and Management of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Ndely-Ogundipe develops and customizes products and services that Centers the needs of the constituents and patients, with a focus on equity. Working with the New Jersey Office of Innovation, he led the development of two digital systems, one to help people in New Jersey find vaccines—the second of its kind in the country—and another for job seekers. To provide coaching. Prior to his work for the state of New Jersey, he sought to increase access to patients and coordinate care as a consultant for Ernst & Young.

The PIF program is placed under the Technology Transformation Services of the US General Services Administration, tasked with designing and delivering digital government with and for the American public.

Established in 2012 by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIFs) unite industry’s brightest technologists with forward-thinking federal leaders to improve the way government builds, designs and delivers services. does. Today, the program operates within Technology Transformation Services, an organization in the General Services Administration with the mission of designing and delivering a digital government with and for the public. PIF has introduced some of the top private sector innovators, entrepreneurs and executives to the federal government, resulting in improved public services for millions of Americans. Since its launch, the program has embedded 200+ fellows in 45+ federal agencies, with over 50% of PIF alumni remaining in government after their fellowships.

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sphcomm@unc.edu . Contact the team at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Communication,


Each year, PIF seeks a diverse group of mid- to senior-level experts in data and AI, engineering, product, design and experience, and digital strategy. PIF also looks for innovators who bring different experiences and perspectives to problems, so that we can address them in a similar way. Read about the most recent PIF group here.

Applications for the April 2023 cohort are open until June 24. Learn more at apply.pif.gov.

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