Foluke Akanni (she/her) joined Housing Action Illinois as Housing Policy Organizer in August 2020. She has over a decade of diverse experience working in community outreach and relationship building in the nonprofit sector. She previously worked at Citizens Utility Board in the outreach department, educating communities on energy efficiency and utility policies in Illinois. Her past experience includes working at a refugee resettlement agency, where she helped refugees find employment, and in student affairs, helping students in their career and professional development. She started her nonprofit career as an AmeriCorps VISTA working for an organization whose mission included stopping gentrification in a North Minneapolis neighborhood.
Foluke earned her B.A. from University of Minnesota and completed her M.Ed. in Education Leadership and Policy from Marquette University. She is excited to be joining Housing Action Illinois team and continuing her work advocating for vulnerable populations.