LIFT Appoints Three New Board of Directors Members

By LIFT on July 31, 2018

Categories: News


LIFT is pleased to announce the appointments of Arlene Ford, founder and CEO of the Equity Inquiry Project; Myra Jones-Taylor, chief policy officer at ZERO TO THREE; and Dele Oladapo, vice president & chief enterprise architect and technical innovation officer at Prudential to its national board of directors effective immediately.

Arlene, Myra and Dele are preeminent leaders in their respective fields and we are thrilled to welcome them to the LIFT board of directors!


Arlene Ford is the Founder and CEO of the Equity Inquiry Project Inc. (EquIP), a project aimed at promoting educational equity and success for all students. She also works to support equity within the nonprofit arena. Through EquIP, Arlene provides equity design consultations and related strategic planning. She facilitates equity, inclusion and diversity conversations and learning opportunities among education leaders, teachers and nonprofit organizations. Whether focusing on issues such as overall work or school culture, schools’ failure of students, or promoting effective discipline, she takes a systemic approach. Her work addresses change at the personal, interpersonal and organizational levels.

As the Chief Policy Officer at ZERO TO THREE, Myra Jones-Taylor leads the development and implementation of ZERO TO THREE’s policy agenda, priorities and strategies; oversees the Policy Center, which includes federal and state policy, advocacy and federally-funded technical assistance units; and serves as the principal spokesperson and point of contact for the organization on public policy matters with policymakers, the media, funders, and partner organizations.

Dele Oladapo is Vice President & Chief Enterprise Architect and Technical Innovation Officer for Prudential Financial, Inc. In this role, he implements technology strategy and delivers technology services designed to advance the company’s U.S. business strategy. He oversees efforts within the Global Business and Technology Solutions department to drive governance, architecture, systems automation, relationship management and the development of enterprise applications and solutions. Oladapo also leads the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), a team focused on strengthening the technology community through strategic planning, communications, engagement and talent management.