Prior to joining NEO Philanthropy, Rakia worked at the intersection of arts and social justice, managing the arts education and community engagement programs at organizations such as Cumbe Center for African & Diaspora Dance & New York Live Arts. She’s particularly proud of the programming she created for incarcerated youth at Rikers Correctional Center and for LGBTQ+ elders of color at Griot Senior Circle. Outside of work, Rakia is always on the lookout for the next adventure, whether that be hiking through Joshua Tree or surfing in Costa Rica.


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