Zakiya Scott believes in the power of storytelling to change systems, and ultimately, the world. With roots in North Carolina, she moved to the Bay Area to fuse her passion for media and communications with her desire to help realize a more just society, and amplify voices of communities who are too often left out of critical conversations.
With a background in a range of journalism mediums including community newspapers and radio programs, Zakiya began her career as a communications and media intern at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Zakiya furthered her career at Fenton, where she supported grassroots nonprofits and foundations within the firm’s social justice practice on their media relations, messaging and communications technical assistance needs. This included work with RWJF’s Forward Promise Initiative, The California Endowment, Oakland Unified School District, My Brother’s Keeper, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s New Mexico based grantees.
Most recently, she supported the comprehensive communications needs and furthered the communications strategies of the Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of more than 50 organizations committed to fighting for Black liberation and community, institutional, cultural, and systems transformation that centers and values the lives of all Black people. She holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Journalism and Mass Communications and African-American Studies.