Innovation Fellow

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GENEVIEVE LEIGHTON-ARMAH

Founder, Bay Area Black Leaders
Supporting the future of Black communities in the Bay Area through intergenerational learning, reflection, rest and healing

Genevieve Leighton-Armah, a proud first-generation Dominican and Ghanaian from the Bay Area, works with BIPOC youth and elders in the criminal justice system, violence prevention sector and intergenerational advocacy space. She also uses her trauma-informed education to design tools and workshops for folks in the healthcare system. After the unjust passing of George Floyd, Genevieve started an initiative called Bay Area Black Leaders to create restorative rest, reflection, and equity planning for Black leaders.

For more than 10 years, she has worked for nonprofits in San Francisco, spearheading projects focused on equity for youth, young adults and Black folks all over northern California. Law, policy work, and advocating for marginalized communities have been her passions since she was 16 years old.