Hailing from Cleveland, OH and raised by activist parents, Iya’falola H. Omobola has followed the path of both spiritual and political activism. She founded and directed a cultural youth intervention program called Tomorrow’s Child for a number of years in Illinois and Ohio. She has served as Administrative Assistant in Chicago Mayor Harold Washington’s Office of Affirmative Action and then worked for special projects in its Office of Legislative Liaison after Mayor Washington made his transition; as IL Dept. of Employment Security’s head of website development and newsletter publication for IL’s workforce development strategies; and more recently as the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba’s campaign media coordinator. She is a co-founder/director of Cooperation Jackson and anchors the Arts and Culture working group within its federation of emerging cooperatives. A priestess of the Orisha-Ifa tradition for the past twenty years, Iya is the author of three spiritual books, published by her company, WindWhispers Publications. She is also director of the New Afrikan Spiritual Mindset Awareness Institute. She is also a web designer, editor and publisher. Iya has four children – her oldest daughter is NYC Food and Fitness Partnership Director of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Iya’s oldest son and youngest daughter work in Ohio and Mississippi, respectively, and her youngest son attends college in Jackson, MS.