Local UNCF welcomes new leader

New UNCF Development Director Laverne McCartney Knighton, left, and
Sharon Smith-Akinsanya (Photo courtesy of UNCF)

Sharon Smith-Akinsanya, the former regional development director for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is pictured above with the incoming area development director for UNCF, Laverne McCartney Knighton. Knighton, who is well known within the philanthropic community, will take over the local office for UNCF in June.

Smith-Akinsanya, president and CEO| of the Rae Mackenzie Group, produced the fifth annual UNCF Twin Cities Masked Ball, which raised nearly one million dollars to support UNCF’s 37 member schools and the Twin Cities Hope Scholarship for students from the Twin Cities.
UNCF is known for its iconic slogan, “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste, But a Wonderful Thing to Invest In.”

Information and photo provided by UNCF