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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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