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. Prior to joining Akonadi, she served as Program Director for the San Francisco-based Rosenberg Foundation. Lateefah has received numerous awards for her work, including the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s 40 Under 40, and the Jefferson Award for extraordinary public service. In 2016 Lateefah was elected to serve District 7 on the Bart Board of Directors, and was appointed by the Governor of California to the California State University’s Board of Trustees.