Ayodele Okeowo


Managing Director


Ayodele previously served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the CHIPS Program Office, within the Department of Commerce. In this capacity, he led engagement and outreach with state and local elected leaders, industry, federal partners, and other key stakeholders on CHIPS program implementation. As one of the first members of the CHIPS for America team, Ayodele led on policy implementation, including development and execution of the broad stakeholder engagement strategy that provided wide education and socialization of CHIPS priorities — and informed program design and funding opportunity development for the manufacturing incentives and R&D initiatives. Ayodele also served as a spokesperson for the program, engaging in nationwide events, on-the-record interviews, podcasts, and other efforts with press, media, and stakeholders.

Prior to that, Ayodele served as an advisor for intergovernmental affairs at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, helping implement the Internet for All initiative, part of 2021’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. He also previously held roles at the Democratic Attorneys General Association, on Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 presidential campaign, and other electoral campaigns, ranging from city council to statewide.

Ayodele also has prior experience working at management consulting firms in the DC area, where he supported multiple federal agencies by identifying and resolving issues related to information technology portfolio management and capital planning.

Ayodele holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. Ayodele is also an alumni of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute Political Leadership Program. A first generation immigrant and adopted son of the commonwealth of Virginia, Ayodele lives with his wife Azza and two young sons, Amir and Adam.