Akaya Windwood facilitates transformation. She advises, trains, and consults on how change happens individually, organizationally and societally. She is on the faculty for the RSF Social Finance Integrated Capital Fellowship, and is founder of the New Universal, which centers human wisdom in the wisdom of brown women.
She was the President of Rockwood Leadership Institute for many years, and directed the Mycelium Fund, which awarded small grants to non-profit organizations based on generosity and interconnectedness. In 2018, Akaya was one of Conscious Company’s 30 World Changing Women, and has been a featured speaker at the Stanford Social Innovation Institute, the Aspen Institute, and the New Zealand Philanthropy Summit conferences.
She received an Ella Award from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and received the 2020 Vision Award from Middlebury College. Akaya is deeply committed to working for a fair and equitable global society while infusing a sense of purpose, delight and wonder into everything we do. Akaya lives in Oakland, CA where she reads science fiction, makes sauerkraut, and relishes growing enormous squashes in her garden.