Staff

Lateefah Simon, President

Lateefah Simon stepped into her role as Akonadi Foundation’s newly appointed President in August 2016. A nationally recognized advocate for civil rights and racial justice, Lateefah brings over 20 years of executive experience advancing opportunities for communities of color and low-income communities in the Bay Area.
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Gina Acebo, Deputy Director

In her role as Deputy Director, Gina Acebo leverages over 25 years of experience as a movement organizer to strengthen Akonadi’s growth and to deepen its engagement with the Oakland community.
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Sheena Johnson, Program Officer

Sheena Johnson joined Akonadi Foundation as Program Officer for the Beloved Community Fund. Sheena brings a decade of experience working at the intersection of arts and social justice as both an accomplished artist-activist and effective non-profit administrator.
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Lucy Aghadjian Finance & Operations

Lucy Aghadjian has worked with Akonadi Foundation since its inception 15 years ago. She brings many years of financial, human resource and administrative management to the table and has been fortunate to watch the Foundation evolve from a good idea to a philanthropic institution in Oakland with a growing staff and local mission.
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