Ro Adebiyi was born in Nigeria, and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He graduated in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Michigan, where he was involved in local mentorship initiatives, Third-World development projects, and also served as a two-year captain on the University of Michigan Men’s basketball team. Ro returned to the University of Michigan in 2005 to attend law school, after a stint as a paralegal in Washington, D.C.
Following law school, he worked as an associate at a Houston law firm, started a web-based sponsorship/endorsement company with close friends back in Ann Arbor, served as counsel for a small commodities trading firm just outside of New York City, and then ultimately moved to Minnesota to oversee state-wide constituency-based voting initiatives as a senior staff member of the 2012 Obama Reelection Campaign.
Ro previously served as the Chief Legal Officer for the brightpeak financial division of Thrivent Financial, then accepted the role of Senior Corporate Affairs Counsel for Thrivent.
He remains active in the Twin Cities community, where his activities include serving as an AAU basketball coach, high school mentor and graduation coach, volunteer at the Salvation Army’s “Harbor Light House” kitchen, and a dedicated board member and volunteer of both Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest and Reve Academy.