Chiderah Okoye

Chiderah Okoye Methodologies Lead

Chiderah has helped to launch the Mary S. Peake Fellowship over the last eight years by developing the approach to Applied Learning & Teaching between higher ed centers, local chambers of commerce, and Anchor Community businesses. Chiderah builds on her experience as an engineer serving a range of industries for the world’s largest industrial automation company, Rockwell. Nationally, Chiderah leads initiatives on public-private mobilization of cyber-readiness with the Department of Defense. Locally, she served as the longtime President of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Boston Chapter hosting 11,000 engineers as part of the NSBE annual conference. Chiderah bridged from NSBE to become Founding Chair of the Affinity Leadership Consortium, a first of its kind U.S. effort that aligns local chapters of minority professional organizations including: Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (MBLA), National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAP), NSBE, Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA), National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), Prospanica Boston; Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE); Greater Boston Veterans Collaborative. Chiderah holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Her focus on cybersecure growth creates a bridge for higher ed institutions, students, and businesses to strengthen underserved communities nationwide.