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Lateefah Simon

Akonadi Foundation

A nationally recognized advocate for civil rights and racial justice, Ms. Simon 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 in 2016, she served as program director for Rosenberg Foundation, where she managed grants aimed at supporting groundbreaking advocacy in criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, low-wage workers’ rights and civic engagement in California.

Prior to joining Rosenberg, Ms. Simon was executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. She led the Center for Young Women’s Development (now called the Young Women’s Freedom Center). She also spearheaded Back on Track, San Francisco’s first reentry services division under then-District Attorney Kamala D. Harris.

Ms. Simon has received numerous awards for her work, such as a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s 40 Under 40, and the Jefferson Award for extraordinary public service. She has been recognized by the Ford Foundation, the National Organization for Women, Lifetime Television and O Magazine.

In 2016, Ms. Simon was elected to serve District 7 on the BART Board of Directors.