Akira J. Barclay is a community philanthropy specialist. As a grantmaker, she led a capacity-building grants program and the AT&T Imagine Your STEM Future project with Girl Scouts of the USA. Prior to her grantmaking roles, she raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for small youth organizations across New York City.
Akira is author of The Value of Giving Circles in the Evolution of Community Philanthropy, the culmination of her research as an Emerging Leaders International Fellow at The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She holds a Master’s degree in Fundraising and Grantmaking from New York University and a Bachelor of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.