Akira J. Barclay is a community philanthropy specialist. Her work examines community foundations and ways to build bridges between grassroots and institutional grantmakers. Akira has focused on serving nonprofit organizations for seventeen years. She managed a capacity-building grants program and was Project Manager of the AT&T Imagine Your STEM Future project at 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 for the Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program at The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She earned her Master’s degree in Fundraising and Grantmaking from New York University and a Bachelor of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.