Program and Outreach Manager, NYC Mayors Office
Zakiya Robinson (she/they), a graduate of Bethel University, is a first-generation Barbadian-American. Passionate about creating nuanced opportunities for Black and Brown communities, they serve as the Program and Outreach Manager for the NYC Unity Project-- a New York City Mayoral initiative dedicated to supporting LGBTQ young people. In this role Zakiya works to connect community and government to create pathways towards equity for LGBTQ young people. Most recently, Zakiya developed a city-wide needs-assessment with community partners identifying challenges experienced by the LGBTQ community during the pandemic; designed and manages NYC’s largest and most comprehensive LGBTQ COVID-19 resource guide; and serves on the Mayor’s Racial Equity and Inclusion Taskforce. Throughout her career Zakiya has intentionally worked to connect vulnerable communities to resources and designed impactful programs that facilitate lasting communal change. Serving as an organizer and program developer, she is passionate about bringing the folks doing the work on the ground to the table to advocate for themselves--employing the philosophy that folks most impacted by policies should be at the table as primary decision makers. In her spare time Zakiya facilitates a community tax clinic providing low-income communities with access to free financial literacy and tax prep. Zakiya is a native New Yorker, aspiring master chef, and lover of all things Queer and Black.