Akia sees the development process as a catalyst for translating an organization’s mission and vision into concrete programs to serve clients and ultimately improve community. Akia specializes in using an evaluative thinking framework to assist clients not only in secure funding, but also in ensuring organizations have the appropriate controls in place to properly manage funds, execute strategies, meet their outcomes and evaluate their success. In addition to possessing 15 years of grant writing experience, Akia has managed revenue in both the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, successfully managed numerous diverse, long-term projects, and assisted organizations in developing and maintaining strategic partnerships to better serve their missions and their clients.
Akia’s professional experience includes nonprofit and philanthropic organizations large and small including Georgia Family Connection Partnership, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, and CredAbility.
Akia earned a bachelor’s degrees from Clark Atlanta University in Philosophy and Political Science in 2003 and an MPA as a National Urban Fellow in 2008. She is a certified project manager, holds a certificate in Entrepreneurial Thinking in the Social Sector from Babson College, is a trained Race Equity and Inclusion facilitator, and trained in Design Thinking.