Board and Staff
Board of Directors
Jacky Akbari (Secretary)
Sallie Bailey (Vice Chair)
Of our 15 board members, 53% identify as women and 33% identify as people of color. Meeting four times each year, the board utilizes active committees to fulfill its mission. Board members may serve two 3-year terms.
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Kaki is the Executive Director of the Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund in Nashville Tennessee.
Prior to joining The Maddox Charitable Fund, Kaki was the Director of GivingMatters.com at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Kaki served as the founding Executive Director of Renewal House, a residential recovery community for women and their children and Reconciliation, a nonprofit serving families of inmates. Kaki has also served as the association pastor of a large Nashville congregation and as a chaplain for Alive Hospice.
Kaki’s volunteer work focuses on issues of immigration reform and affordable housing. She volunteered to visit Tennessee death row inmates for 32 years.
Kaki received her bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University and her master’s degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Kaki is the recipient of the 2013 “Amiga We Love” award from Conexión Américas, the 2015 Human Relations Award from Community Nashville, the 2017 Academy of Women of Achievement from the YW and the 2018 Hall of Fame from Tennessee Justice Center.
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Joseph Gutierrez is the Program Associate at the Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund. He is originally from southern California and graduated from UCLA with B.A.’s in American Literature and History in 2009. Joseph’s professional experiences have centered around education. He worked in South Korea for four years as an educator in public school and afterschool settings. After moving to Nashville in 2014, Joseph continued doing afterschool work while working with NAZA.
Most recently, Joseph completed his Master’s in Education through the Community Development and Action program at Vanderbilt. His interests are in organizational studies, community-based school reform, and racial justice.
Margarita is a steadfast presence at the Maddox Charitable Fund. Known to most as Rita, she is passionate about wildlife conservation and spends as much time as possible outdoors in nature.
An avid collaborator, she is eager to network on projects great and small. Outcomes and data retrieval are her areas of consulting expertise. Rita is tri-lingual, fluent in Spanish, English and dog.