Akeshia Singleton, The Rapides Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer

FOCUS AREAS: Community development

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PROFILE:  Akeshia Singleton is a program officer at The Rapides Foundation and has been in this position since January 2006. She previously worked as a senior client services manager for Nonprofit Knowledge Works and also at Precision Response Corporation, Gossett Marketing, and Steel Hector & Davis LLP.

Her foundation bio shares:

Ms. Singleton serves the Foundation as a Program Officer. She is responsible for programmatic oversight of the Community Development Works program. She has completed the Hull Fellows Program with the Southeastern Council of Foundations, and has participated in various coalitions and review panels at the state and regional levels. In 2014, she was appointed as a Louisiana representative to the Southwest Regional Health Equity Council, Region VI, for the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities. She holds an MBA in International Business and Marketing, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Finance and Marketing from the University of Miami. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Singleton served as Senior Client Services Manager for Nonprofit Knowledge Works where she acted as an intermediary between local community organizations and nonprofit consultants on capacity building to achieve organizational development goals. Ms. Singleton has volunteered with several charities and worked as a Louisiana Poll Worker, serving as a Commissioner in Charge for elections and voting.

Singleton’s LinkedIn profile shares the following information about her current job duties:

Act as one of the Foundation's primary contact persons for project inquiries; Oversees the Foundation's capacity building initiative, Community Development Works, and Program Opportunity Grants

Cultivate the development of prospective projects including assisting individuals and groups with collaboration, development of issue knowledge, identification of human and financial resources, and operations planning.

Manage grant funding annually to support projects with Central Louisiana School Districts, public entities, community organizations, and faith-based groups

Assist program team in review process for mini-grants, Letters of Intent and grant proposals. Perform site visits in support of these efforts.

Perform public presentations as a representative of the Foundation.