Romana Lee-Akiyama, MSS/MLSP '09, joined WOMEN’S WAY as the Director of Grantmaking and Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives in June 2014. Romana is responsible for overseeing the Community Women’s Fund and WOMEN’S WAY Action Partners portfolios, as well as managing a technical assistance program for funded agencies. In her role, she hopes to further the organization’s critical examination of the intersections of race, gender and other differences in society.
Prior to joining the organization, Romana was the Director of Capacity Building at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, where she focused on strengthening the nonprofit sector in the region. Romana started her career at the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, where she grew in her passion for advancing economic and racial justice in distressed communities, and then carried her passion to the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development based in Washington, DC, as their Deputy Director. Romana is the Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Chapter of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and is excited to support the diversity and inclusion efforts at WOMEN’S WAY.