10 Things You Should Know About Lateefah Simon

Updated: Nov 21, 2020


Lateefah Simon is a nationally recognized advocate for civil rights and racial justice in Oakland and the Bay Area. Born in 1977, Lateefah Simons is the founder and President of the Akonadi Foundation. The organization aims to fight for racial justice, juvenile justice, and civil rights. She has been involved in different movements that have earned her the much-warranted recognition she has gotten to date.


Here are some amazing facts about her


  1. She won her first awards as the youngest individual to win the MacArthur Fellowship Awards across the United States. It was in recognition of her role in the leadership of the Center for Young Women's Development. She won the award at the age of 27.

  2. She was the director of Rosenberg Foundation's California Initiative where she launched the Leading Edge Fund to seed, incubate, and accelerate bold ideas from the next generation of progressive movement leaders in California.

  3. She has been an advocate for reformation for low-income earning women, juvenile and criminal justice.

  4. In 2009, Lateefah was Women of the Year nominee

  5. She is the Director of the San-Francisco's Center for Young Women's Development.

  6. She led the creation of the first reentry services division in San-Francisco.

  7. She was an executive director for Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights of the Bay Area in San Francisco

  8. Under her supervision as the director for LCCR of the Bay Area, there was a revamp of a forty-year-old infrastructure, while she introduced new initiatives that are geared towards the community.

  9. She serves on various Boards and lectures around the country in different Universities

  10. She has numerous awards and nominations. These include:

  • O Magazine's Power List

  • Ford Foundation's Leadership for A Changing World

  • Remarkable Women Award from Lifetime Television

  • Levi Strauss Pioneer Activist Fellowship

  • New Frontier Award



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