Panel Manager: The Joke’s on You: Comedy as an Anti-Racism Tool for Survival
Akina “Aki” Younge is a Master in Public Policy Candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to HKS, Aki was the Curriculum and Engagement Designer for the Advocacy Institute, a start-up that worked to democratize knowledge about the New York City and State lobbying process. Aki helped train organizers on how to use the Advocacy Institute’s tech platform for managing productivity of advocacy campaigns. To inform her work at the Advocacy Institute, Aki used her previous experience as a Legislative Advocacy Specialist and Paralegal for the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center. In this role, Aki co-coordinated major legislative campaigns like the Rent Justice Coalition in 2015 and 2016, when the coalition won the first ever rent freeze on rent stabilized apartments in New York City. Aki also worked at Buena Nota, a consulting firm for a social entrepreneurship in Medellin Colombia; Public Policy Productions, a documentary film company based in Palisades, New York; and her alma mater Yale University, as a college Admissions Officer. Aki’s past work, her background in Sociology, and her identity as a Black and Japanese woman have shown her how different disciplines and professional sectors can work together to promote racial equity.