Kehinde Akande serves as a senior policy analyst at Child Trends. Previously, she has done research on housing, workforce development, local tax, and criminal justice. Her areas of interest include poverty alleviation, education, housing, workforce development, and wealth inequality. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY), where she majored in economics and minored in urban studies and accounting. She holds an advanced certificate in public policy and public administration, from the School for Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) at (CUNY)
Kehinde has a diverse professional background. As an undergraduate student, she served as a legislative and budget intern for an elected official in NYC government. Her role included taking minutes, producing legislative proposals, and assisting with the discretionary budget process. As an AmeriCorps Vista and Public Allies member, she served as a job counselor with Project Renewal. There, she assisted adults in preparing for employment opportunities, through resume development, teaching Beginner Typing skills, and helping adult learners with reading skills. She developed experience in the legal field as a paralegal intern, a case filing specialist, a legal intern, and as a paralegal aide for the NYC Law Department. Kehinde is passionate about understanding community issues, collaborating with stakeholders, and seeking potential solutions through public policy. At Child Trends, Kehinde looks forward to using her experience and skills to support Child Trends’ growing Black children and families and child poverty research portfolios.
Kehinde enjoys art, trying different foods and spending time with family.