Ophelia Bitanga-Israel, MBA

Ophelia Bitanga-Israel, MBA

Ophelia (she, her, hers) is Living City’s Assistant Director for City and Community Engagement. She has spent much of her twenty-year career in the nonprofit and public sectors, most recently as the Senior Program Manager for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with the National Association of Counties, working to advance equitable governance. Prior to that, she was a Senior Program Officer with Hawai‘i Community Foundation supporting nonprofit organizations with strengthening their ability to serve the community. Her work includes project development and management, capacity building, workshop facilitation, and public speaking.

Witnessing injustice, Ophelia established an independent consultancy to grow in her own understanding of social justice and to help guide others in their awareness of and response to profound systemic and structural inequities. She has presented at industry conferences on developing an evaluative culture and on the power imbalances that can exist in non-profit and philanthropic relationships. She worked with U.S. military families and children with special needs and coached track and field and basketball for Special Olympics Hawai‘i.

Ophelia approaches her work with curiosity and by imagining and making real the possibilities. She has a Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology and her MBA and enjoys being outdoors, eating, and writing short stories.

Ophelia will be based in Washington, DC. You can reach her at obitangaisreal@livingcities.org.

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