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We have an amazing group of Fellows joining the NLC family this year, and we’re excited to learn more about the issues closest to them and why they love calling Philly “home."
What are you most looking forward to when it comes to the NLC Institute?
Akil: Connecting with like-minded Philadelphians and learning more about them personally, what they're doing in the city, and their aspirations to make it better. Oh, and of course group lunch at Cheesecake Factory!
What are the issues closest to your heart?
Akil: I'm most interested in economic development and seeing that it’s done in such a way that benefits all communities (not just certain pockets). My background is in energy/finance so I tend to know more regarding economic development as it relates to energy. Obviously, within any discussion of economic development, education is an important, related subject. One reason why I was interested in being an NLC Fellow was the opportunity to hear perspectives from people in other sectors (that don't actively work in education/government/non-profit) as it relates to economic development/education. I think it helps if you understand where other people are coming from on a topic so as to come to the best solution.
Describe your ideal “Philly day.”
Akil: My ideal Philly day would entail biking to brunch, going to Wissahickon park, hitting up a beer garden with friends, and getting Mexican food at Que Chula es Puebla (I used to work near there and would literally go there everyday for lunch because it was so good).
What do you love most about Philly?
Akil: I love that many folks in the city are down to earth. Unlike other cities you can hang out with smart, driven people without the pretentious attitude. I also love how accessible the city is in terms of walking between neighborhoods or via train. I went to college in the Midwest and it always felt like you had to drive to get anywhere.
Learn more about Akil’s work, and meet the rest of our 2016 Fellows here.
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