Honorary WANDA Mom Spotlight: Lateefah Simon

With over 25 years of experience as a veteran organizer, a long-time philanthropic leader, and a nationally recognized advocate for civil rights and racial justice in Oakland and the broader Bay Area, Lateefah embodies the spirit of empowerment that WANDA holds dear. As a single mother to two daughters, she understands the unique challenges and triumphs that come with the journey single mothers share.

Lateefah’s illustrious career is a testament to her unwavering commitment to equity and justice. Currently serving as President of the Meadow Fund, she recently announced her campaign to become the Bay Area’s next congresswoman, further solidifying her dedication to driving change at the highest levels of government, using her voice to fight for those without one.

Throughout her professional journey, Lateefah has earned numerous awards, each highlighting her exceptional impact. She made history by becoming the youngest woman to receive the MacArthur Foundation’s “Genius” Award. Her tireless efforts have also earned her recognition such as the California State Assembly’s “Woman of the Year” and the Jefferson Award for Extraordinary Public Service. Inside Philanthropy has deemed her the “Most Promising New Foundation President.” Her remarkable work promoting equity and justice has garnered acclaim from esteemed institutions including the Ford Foundation, the National Organization for Women, Lifetime Television, and O Magazine. 
For those who were unable to attend the graduation, we invite you to listen and share Lateefah’s inspiring keynote speech in which she tells her story of resilience and finding her power while raising her daughters as a single mother. Her story serves as a reminder that our struggles and triumphs are shared experiences, and that our voices, united, have the power to inspire others, empower community and build economic justice for women. Watch Lateefah’s Keynote Speech >>