Education Reform and Corporate Strategist Brings Art of Leadership to One Hen’s Board

By, Jessica Charles, One Hen Program Manager


Offiong Bassey, whose given name means “God’s Moon,” performing at One Hen’s Spring Celebration at the Micorsoft NERD Center on May 9, 2015. Bassey has touched thousands through her work as a musician, leader, educator, entrepreneur, and youth activist.


Offiong Bassey, a Boston-based consultant, leadership development professional and recording artist has joined the Board of Directors of One Hen, Inc. Offiong has a passion for youth education and nonprofit strategy. She has worked as a management consultant with Bain & Company, an education consultant with Bellwether Education Partners and currently serves as Director of the Bailey-Sullivan Leadership Institute at the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO).  She is Nigerian by heritage, but was born and raised in Boston. Among various professional exploits, she is also a jazz singer and poet, and runs her own record label.

“As One Hen sharpens its focus on empowering youth in inner-city and developing world contexts, we welcome the addition of Offiong to our leadership team,” said Helen Rosenfeld, Executive Director. “Her extensive experience and expertise in youth outreach, education reform, and strategic business management will strengthen One Hen’s ability to increase our impact around the world.”


At BAEO, Bassey operates a year-long Fellowship that trains a diverse set of leaders from across the country, to advocate for transformational education reform initiatives.


As an analyst with Bellwether, Bassey helped clients improve educational outcomes for low-income students by strengthening the case for public education reform and by improving the policy climate for their work. Prior to assuming that role, she was a Senior Associate Consultant with Bain & Company, focused on corporate strategy across the private sector.


Bassey has worked as a homeschool teacher and has helped to develop curriculum in academic enrichment programs (such as The Steppingstone Foundation, of which she is a proud graduate). She also gives motivational speeches and offers artist residencies in schools, encouraging students of all backgrounds to embrace their full potential.


“I was brought up to embrace the value that people are extricably linked, that we are to lift as we climb, empowering the broader community as we do the same for ourselves. It is so inspiring that One Hen is equipping young people to do the same, and to do so as entrepreneurs, who will build sustainable, wealth-generating entities in their communities. I am excited to use some of my experiences to further build this organization, as a member of its Board of Directors,” said Bassey.


Bassey has directed young adult programs in various cultural, faith based, and community organizations. She is also a member of the inaugural cohort of the Pahara Institute NextGen Network Fellowship and a graduate of Yale University where she double majored in Political Science and African American Studies.


“Offiong Bassey” means “God’s Moon” in the Nigerian language of Efik.


“I seek to reflect my Creator’s light in all that I do,” said Bassey “…as the moon does to the sun.”

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