Gayle Akins

Class of 2015
Region: 
Region 1

Gayle Akins is a Political Consultant in Oakland, CA.  Her most recent work was as Campaign Manager for an Oakland Mayoral Candidate.  Her passion for community service started when she was 10 years old.  She learned about leadership, first hand, from her mother, a teacher and community leader in Nashville, TN, where Gayle was born.  She received her B.S. degree from Belmont University in Biology and Chemistry and her M.S. degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie-Mellon University.  Her family stressed receiving a good education in order to help yourself and others.  Gayle has served her community on the Boards of the Oakland NAACP and Boost! West Oakland; as a volunteer for Feed My Sheep Food Pantry; and as a member of the Wellstone and Oakland East Bay Democratic Clubs.  
Gayle was the Regional Manager for the Northern Area of California for Covered California.  She provided strategic action plans for 10 NAACP branches to meet the goals of the California Health Exchange.  In addition, she managed and trained certified educators and certified enrollment counselors; identified events for education and outreach; developed strategic partnerships to leverage resources; spoke at events for elected officials; and administered field operations with an emphasis on churches, non-profit organizations; and community organizations. Her work resulted in 1000's of people receiving the healthcare they needed.     
Gayle managed the National Continuing Medical Education program for The Kaiser Permanente Federation.  She developed educational interventions to address gaps in competence, performance and patient outcomes for physicians and allied health professionals.  And she pursued partnerships with community health care organizations to support the education of safety-net physicians to increase their access to education to help them provide quality care for vulnerable populations.  While at Kaiser she received two “Accreditation with Commendation” for her work.
“I think it is an honor to help others and I know I can do what is needed to bring positive change to our communities.  Everyone tells me I have a lot of charisma and I will use that talent along with my experience and intelligence to bring together people and organizations with divergent missions to work together to be a more powerful entity for change.  And lastly, I know it is my duty to be a catalyst for change because my mother always said “those that are given more, more is expected”.  And I am grateful that I have a chance to give more to our communities and our country.”

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