Staff and Board of Directors

Akonadi Staff

Lateefah Simon, President

Lateefah Simon stepped into her role as Akonadi Foundation’s President in August 2016. A nationally recognized advocate for civil rights and racial justice, Lateefah brings over 20 years of executive experience in advancing opportunities for communities of color and low-income communities in the Bay Area. Prior to joining Akonadi, she served as Program Director for […]

Gina Acebo, Vice President of Programs

In her role as Vice President of Programs, Gina Acebo leverages her more than 25 years of experience as a movement organizer to strengthen Akonadi’s growth and to serve as a partner and catalyst for the Foundation’s vision of supporting strategic movement building for racial justice in Oakland. In addition to day-to-day program management and oversight […]

Vanessa Camarena-Arredondo, Program Officer

Vanessa Camarena-Arredondo joins Akonadi Foundation as the Beloved Community Fund Program Officer. She brings to the Foundation over 20 years of experience promoting social equity in communities of color through her work in philanthropy, the arts and cultural sector, community health, and as a leadership development coach. She has dedicated the last decade to working […]

Iris Garcia, Learning and Impact Program Officer

Since 2007, Iris Garcia has worked in the field of human rights and social change philanthropy, with extensive experience in grantmaking. As Learning and Impact Program Officer, she coordinates Akonadi’s learning strategies and leads grants management. She also assists in the planning, development, and implementation of Akonadi Foundation’s Rapid Response grantmaking. Before she joined Akonadi, […]

Renee Geesler, Communications & Executive Admin

Renee Geesler joined Akonadi Foundation to help increase the organization’s administrative and communications capacity during its next phase of growth. She serves as Akonadi Foundation’s communications coordinator and also provides executive administrative support for the Board Chair and Jordan Real Estate Investments. Renee has worked in the Bay Area non-profit sector for over 17 years. She […]

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. She works […]

Board of Directors

Quinn Delaney, Board Chair

Quinn Delaney is the founder and Board Chair of Akonadi Foundation, a family foundation that derives its name from a West African goddess of justice. The foundation evolved from Quinn’s years of experience as a progressive donor, campaign activist, and civil rights lawyer. Quinn and her husband, Wayne Jordan, launched the foundation as an outgrowth […]

Wayne Jordan, Secretary Treasurer

Wayne Jordan co-founded Akonadi Foundation with his wife, Quinn Delaney, in 2000. He currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer on the foundation’s board of directors. Wayne is the founder, President, and CEO of Jordan Real Estate Investments, an Oakland-based real estate investment and development firm founded in 1998. The firm takes a long-term approach to investing, and […]