Ricky Ochillo '09

Work Crew: The Echo
Service: Haw Creek Elementary
Major: History, Politcal Science and Economics
Current: Research Assistant at Heller School, Brandeis University

Ricky Ochilo ’09 originally came to Warren Wilson from Kenya. During his time at Warren Wilson College, he was heavily inovolved in service. Ricky participated in service projects at Haw Creek Elementary, educating children on cultural differences and meaning, and mentoring kids at the Latino Learning Center. He also worked in landscaping and restoration in different parts of Swannanoa, youth leadership and empowerment at the YWCA in Asheville, pecan farming at Koinonia Farms and building homes for the poor with Habitat for Humanity in Americus, Georgia.

Since graduating in 2009, Ricky Ochillo has focused his career on community work. He has worked with The Neighborhood Developers as a Resident Asset Developer, he then worked with The Ikon Project as their Director of Development, and then with Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership as a Program Representative in Boston MA. Currently, Ricky is a graduate student and research assistant at the Heller School of Brandeis University where he is studying for his Master's in Public Policy and Business Administration.

 “Warren Wilson's service program and vocational education paradigm is beneficial because, while it requires students to participate in their communities, it instills a sense of diligence, responsibility, value and promotes working relationships. With that purpose in mind, we can begin to re-evaluate how to best participate as active citizens in redefining or tackling environmental, social, political and economic injustices on a grander scale.”