The First SEED Initiatives Coordinator

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A portrait of Akil Patterson, a Black man with a broad smile, and close cut hair and beard, wearing a light blue dress shirt and a navy blue suit jacket.
Meet Akil Patterson, the first SEED Initiatives Coordinator!

Akil Patterson is the first Social Equity & Educational Development (SEED) Initiatives Coordinator for Civic Life’s Cannabis Program. The SEED Initiatives Coordinator’s responsibilities include overseeing annual SEED Grant processes, coordinating the SEED Technical Assistance program, developing public-private SEED Grant Fund partnerships, and leading the measuring, monitoring, and reporting of the City’s annual cannabis tax revenue.
Akil’s tremendous local and national experience in community advocacy, public health, and government relations are essential for this equity-centered work and will serve the community well as the SEED Initiatives program grows. Prior to joining the City, Akil was the founder and president of his own consulting firm for more than 10 years. The firm worked with organizations and individuals to develop community relationships and sustainable operations, implement programs focused on diversity and inclusion, and advise clients on political issues and legislative processes.
In recognition of his work in a variety of community spaces, Akil was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award in 2016. Among his list of well-deserved awards, he has been an outspoken advocate for anti-bullying efforts, LGBTQIA+ athletes in sports, and national social justice topics. He is also a former Division I athlete, having played football for the University of Maryland.