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Jakada Imani

Director, Ignite Institute

Jakada Imani is the director of Ignite Institute at the Pacific School of Religion. Ignite trains, supports, and inspires spiritually-rooted changemakers who are working to create a world where we all can flourish.

Prior to joining PSR, Jakada served for 6 years as Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. After taking over from the center’s founder Van Jones, Jakada led the Center to pass federal legislation (the Green Jobs Act), lead the organization in four successful state-wide ballot measure campaigns (No on Prop 6 in 2008, No on Prop 23 in 2010 and Yes on Props 30 and 39 in 2012), and lunched the centers newest effort, a goal to reduce the US incarceration rate by 50% in ten-years. Before becoming Executive Director, Jakada was a lead strategist and chief team member on some of Ella Baker Center’s most high profile campaigns.
He also serves on the Board of Compton Foundation and the OneLife Institute and is a member of Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples.
Born and raised in Oakland, California, Jakada is the father to four powerful and creative young girls.

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