Kristina Gray-Akpa, MSW

Kristina is an experienced nonprofit leader committed to tackling unequal health outcomes, fostering transformative change, and advancing equity for all.

At the Horizon Foundation, Kristina leads equity initiatives including helping to develop strategic direction of programs, facilitating grantee collaboratives, and engaging communities of color to help them build power. She brings more than 20 years of experience working with national and community-based organizations to advance equity through education, advocacy, philanthropy, direct service, and grassroots action.

Prior to launching the Septima Project, she led the health equity program at Grantmakers In Health where she informed and advised foundations addressing disparities and the social determinants of health. Previously, she worked at the National Association of County and City Health Officials where she helped build a network of public health officials taking action against health inequities.

She began her career leading youth development programs and youth organizing campaigns in DC public high schools. She has spoken and written widely about race, gender, cultural organizing, and social justice. She served on the boards of the Diverse City Fund and Girls Rock! DC. She holds a BA from Goucher College and MSW from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Favorite things in Howard County

  • All of the family-friendly activities
  • Access to green space and the outdoors
  • The unique history and cultural diversity

Why I care about promoting health and wellness

Improving health is essential to building vibrant, just, and equitable communities for all.