Social Impact Consultant
Akilah S. Wallace, collectively has 20+ years of expertise in nonprofit leadership, events, and fund development, and is most passionate about grassroots social change and influencing the emerging generation of Black philanthropists. Most recently she served as Vice President of Development at a youth development organizations, where she oversaw a $7 million contributed revenue budget to equip and empower youth to create their best lives and world. Akilah's past work as executive director for Faith in Texas gained her national attention while leading community organizing campaigns, public policy change and the launch of a bail fund, impacting the lives of countless Texans.
Now, representing a culmination of love for bridging community-based initiatives with much-needed resources, Akilah leads Taylor Wallace - Social Impact Consulting. The consultancy partners with social impact projects, passionate change agents and advocates seeking equitable philanthropy, financial and in-kind support, revenue capacity building and strengthened organizational operations.
Akilah’s philanthropic leadership includes the founding of HERitage Giving Fund, a Black women’s giving circle that has awarded $100,000+ in grants to Black womxn-led nonprofits/programs and #BlackDFWGives, an educational and inspiring, online initiative seeking to elevate platforms for philanthropy education, charitable giving and a pipeline for philanthropists of color.
Distinguished honors include the Inaugural Black Women Give Back List presented by Women's Philanthropy Institute, Black Philanthropy Month and The WISE Fund, Young Black and Giving Back Institute 2019 Philanthropist of the Year, the Dallas Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award and The Dallas Foundation Top 10 Good Works Under 40 finalist. Akilah is a founding member of Power in Action, charter member of the Texas Women's Foundation’s XIX Society and a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Her servant leadership includes the board of directors for Friends of Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House and Museum and The Dallas Summit.
Akilah is a former Dallas Public Voices Greenhouse, Op Ed fellow and nationally sought-after public speaker. At home, Akilah is the proud mother to college student and businessman, Jamel and high school student-athlete, Jayce.