Manager, Youth Justice

“As a child growing  up in Compton, I challenged anything that I saw as unjust. My foster mom would tell me that I could be President! No one had ever suggested I was capable of achieving something like that and it stuck in my mind like an earworm. I discovered how my voice was essential in building an equitable and just society. Now, every day I wake up fighting for Black children much like me to have a fair chance at an opportunity to thrive. Because, I too see the President in every system impacted kid in Los Angeles.”

Akin Abioye serves as the Manager of Youth Justice at Liberty Hill Foundation. In this role, he manages the day-to-day activities for the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color Southern California and My Brother’s Keeper Los Angeles County work, and supports the Ready to Rise public private partnership.

Most recently, Akin worked for UNITE-LA as the L.A. Compact Foster Youth Manager where he supported the Foster Youth College Advancement project which is committed to transforming postsecondary educational outcomes for foster youth. Prior to joining the UNITE-LA, he was the Director of Public Policy at FosterClub where he worked to elevate the voices of young people in federal child welfare policy reform.

An advocate since the since of age 16 and foster care alumnus, Akin hasfocused his career on creating equitable opportunities for some of our nation’s most vulnerable youth. He has done this through work at the local, state, and federal levels in public policy, advocacy, and program management. Akin holds a Doctorate in Education from Fielding Graduate University.