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Kokayi Kwa Jitahidi

About Kokayi Kwa Jitahidi

Kokayi joined LAANE in July 2010 as the senior community organizer for the Green Buildings, Good Jobs Project. Prior to his work at LAANE, he was a director of youth organizing and civic engagement for Community Coalition in South Los Angeles. In that capacity, he helped lead campaigns to win millions of dollars for South Los Angeles schools, coordinated several large demonstrations to fight budget cuts to California’s safety net and spearheaded an historic effort to bring school-based support services to at-risk youth. In addition to working with community organizations, Kokayi has worked as a union organizer with both AFSCME and SEIU and served as a leader with local social service agencies. He grew up primarily in Long Beach and enjoys spending quality time with his infant daughter.