Inhabit 2017

Romanita Hairston-Overstreet

Romanita has spent nearly two decades working with individuals and families living in under-resourced communities. She has seen the power of positive relationships, supportive families and strong community systems in improving the lives of children. She believes in the power of collective action to impact poverty and build a better world for children. Romanita is Program Director at Murdoch Trust and formerly served as Vice President of World Vision U.S. She holds a strong conviction that “we all give back by starting where we are with what we have to achieve sustainable solutions to poverty here and around the world.”  An academic all-star in college, Romanita was accepted to law school and into a PhD program, but her heart was calling her to a different path.Her life has been dedicated, professionally and personally, to improving the well-being of children. This drive to “give back” has led to over 15 years of service with World Vision’s domestic programs. Romanita holds two bachelors degrees from the University of Washington as well as an MBA emphasizing leadership in non-governmental organizations from Eastern University of Philadelphia.