Michael Akin is president of LINK Strategic Partners, a national strategic communications and stakeholder engagement consulting firm proudly based in Washington, D.C., with team members in Phoenix, Cincinnati and St. Louis. As president and founder of LINK, Mr. Akin oversees the firm’s hyperlocal work with hundreds of clients and partners across the country and around the world. Prior to founding LINK, Mr. Akin was vice president of the community and government relations practice at Reingold Inc, a national communications firm headquartered in Alexandria, VA, and before that The George Washington University’s assistant vice president of government, international, and community relations.
Mr. Akin’s community activities include serving as chairman emeritus of the Greater Washington Urban League board of directors. He also serves on the boards of Destination DC, Cultural Tourism DC, Think Local First, and the American Experience Foundation, and serves as a Leadership Council member for Raise DC and on the International Advisory Council for Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership. He is regularly a featured presenter at national and international conferences on communications and engagement.
Mr. Akin received a 2006 GW Award—the university’s highest honor—for advancing GW’s mission in the Washington community with competence, integrity, and good will. In 2011, the Greater Washington Urban League recognized Mr. Akin with the Chairman’s Award for his work in advancing the League’s mission, and the DC City Council adopted a formal resolution to acknowledge his contributions to positive and collaborative community action. Mr. Akin was honored as Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the DC Chamber of Commerce in 2015, and this year Mr. Akin received the prestigious Laura Lisner Award from the Lisner Louise Dixon Hurt Home for his work and advocacy on behalf of DC’s senior citizens.