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 of their commitment to racial justice.
In addition to her work at Akonadi, Quinn’s interests extend to analyzing how we can come together to build progressive networks and leaders. Nationally, she is active in the Democracy Alliance, a national network of donors that works to build progressive organizations and leaders to create a potent force for achieving progressive policies and culture throughout the country. As a member of the Progressive Era Project (PEP), she is involved in building progressive infrastructure statewide in California. PEP combines a political strategy with nonprofit organizing and training to develop an ecosystem of progressive leaders, organizations, and elected officials to empower people of color in California.
Much of Quinn’s political analysis came through the women’s movement, and she continues to see the issues and challenges facing women as vital. Through the Race, Gender and Human Rights Circle at the Women’s Foundation of California, Quinn works with a group of committed donors to make changes for women ensnared in California’s criminal justice system. Quinn is also a long-time member of the Women Donors Network, which capitalizes on the power of women to realize social justice.
Politics is another arena in which Quinn spends her energies. Following the last presidential election, Quinn has become involved with Organizing For Action, which builds on the Obama campaign vision. Closer to home, she has been involved in a number of California electoral initiatives, including fighting against restrictions on women’s choice and the dismantling of affirmative action. She has also worked on proactive measures such as abolishing the death penalty in California and, in 2014, the Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act, which was an effort at sentencing reform.
As an attorney, Quinn worked for the National Center for Youth Law and the ACLU of Northern California, for which she served nearly ten years as a board member and with which she remains very involved. In addition to the ACLU, Quinn has served on the boards of the Center for Community Change and the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, both in Washington, D.C.
Quinn graduated from Pitzer College and the University of Houston Law School.
Most early mornings Quinn can be found either in the gym or running in her neighborhood. Having successfully completed the Oakland Running Festival’s half marathon, she is looking for another half marathon to run.