Akil Reynolds is a State Advocacy Manager for Community Catalyst’s Dental Access Project. Akil and his team focus on its partnerships with DentaQuest and the Oral Health Progress and Equity Network, a national network of state advocates, to develop strategic advocacy plans that advance oral health as not only a health care issue, but a race and social justice issue. Akil first joined Community Catalyst as a health equity intern in 2019.

Akil previously held leadership positions at the University of Florida, where he served as president of the Black Student Union. While working as a wellness educator, he provided on-campus behavioral health coaching, and designed and facilitated social justice workshops and retreats. At the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County, Akil served as a health education consultant, where he informed and empowered families to enroll in the health department’s dental clinic as well as other vital health services.

Akil received a bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of Florida.