Delena Scott started as the administrative assistant for Akonadi in 2006, and is now the Grants Manager, and Salesforce administrator, overseeing administration and procedures for all grants. As a member of the Grants Managers Network, Delena has guided the paper-laden Foundation into the 21st century, spearheading and implementing a paperless grant application from start to finish. A stellar administrator who began her career in the 1990’s using a Dictaphone and a Brother typewriter, she has helped Akonadi Foundation become a vanguard Salesforce client, with a fully integrated database and communication system.
As a third generation Oaklander, Delena has seen firsthand the impact of a rapidly changing local economy, and its positive and negative effects on the community. Her Oakland roots run deep, receiving her education, raising her child, and working here her entire life. Either by virtue of living in Oakland all her life, or by befriending everyone with her infectious smile, few people pass Delena on the street outside our office without saying hello.
Prior to Akonadi, Delena’s extensive work experience includes employment at East Bay Community Foundation, Communications Technology Cluster, United Airlines, and the real estate industry. Outside of work, Delena’s dedication to volunteerism includes serving as a helper in churches, food pantries, and community resource centers, as well as mentoring many youth.
She is a Cum Laude graduate of Berkeley City College, and is currently studying Intercultural Peace and Justice at Holy Names University.
In addition to writing funny stories, practicing bikram yoga, cooking, singing, completing puzzles, and visiting Disneyland, Delena enjoys spending time with her son Jeff who will be graduating from high school in 2016.
Delena can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-663-3867 x 301
“Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.” - bell hooks
"Culture is an indispensable weapon in the freedom struggle." - Malcolm X