Virginia Union University Alumnus Jon Webb Selected for Obama Foundation Leaders USA Program

By: Virginia Union University

Most recently, Jon Webb and esteemed alumni were selected for the prestigious Leaders USA program former President Barack Obama established. 

Webb, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduated from Virginia Union University with a Bachelor of Science degree. Recognizing his passion for public health, he furthered his education by obtaining a Master’s in Public Health from George Washington University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. 

“I had strong parents and a grandmother who raised me.” Jon Webb said. “They would talk to us about our responsibility to leave the world in a better place than we found it.” 

Throughout his academic journey, Webb displayed exceptional dedication and a strong desire to contribute to the betterment of society. 

“When I received a presidential scholarship to VUU, it sealed the deal; I was glad I made that decision,” said Webb. “I made so many lifelong friendships; the learning I got there and the support from the faculty and staff helped develop me.” 

His unwavering commitment to tackling health disparities within marginalized communities has been rewarded with his selection for the Leaders USA program. 

The Leaders USA program serves as a platform to identify and nurture exceptional leaders who have the potential to make a significant impact on their communities and beyond. Out of thousands of applicants, only 100 were selected for the six-month program. 

“Once we finish this Leaders USA cohort, we get inducted into the broader Obama Leaders network,” Webb added. “This will give us access to leaders in Africa, Asia, and Europe to have that same kind of relationship on a global level.” 

Webb’s selection for the Leaders USA program underscores his exceptional leadership abilities and is a testament to his dedication and hard work throughout his academic and professional journey. As an alumnus of Virginia Union University, Webb exemplifies its mission of producing transformative leaders who make a difference in their chosen fields. 

“Being able to problem solve with national leaders brought to provide teaching, education, and facilitate discussion is an experience I can’t wait to be a part of,” Webb said.

After the program, Webb plans to use his new platform to continue improving the health of mothers and children globally.