A recognized leader dedicated to empowering disenfranchised communities through philanthropy and community development, Romana Lee-Akiyama joined Eisenhower Fellowships as a Program Officer in 2016. She has previously served as the director of grantmaking and diversity & inclusion initiatives for WOMEN’S WAY, a grantmaking and advocacy organization serving the Greater Philadelphia region. In addition, she led capacity building at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, where she launched the nationally recognized Nonprofit Board Leadership Institute. Prior to working in philanthropy, she was deputy director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development in Washington, D.C., and led the organization through tremendous growth. She began her career working locally to empower immigrants by directing development and programming at the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation. Active in her local community, she serves in a leadership role on the Board of Directors for the Asian Arts Initiative. Romana was recently appointed to serve on the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She is the immediate past co-chair of the Philadelphia chapter of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and was recognized with their 2015 national Leaders in Action award. She co-founded Women of Equity, a peer leadership community for women of color in the nonprofit sector, and is a Fellow with the Center for Asian Pacific American Women. Romana holds a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University as well as an M.S.S. and a Master of Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.


Eisenhower Fellowships


Senior Program Officer - Network Engagement
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