Akil Patterson is the founder and President of Community Advocacy Consultants. His goal was to help others have a voice in the political world by helping them navigate the world of government relations and operations. He has seen first hand how big companies, over priced lobbyist and structural systems that have kept the American voters out of the process. When the people in his community are hurting he himself was hurting and so with the resources of National Partners and local friends Akil set out to change how Lobbying is done not only in Maryland, but across the country one location at a time.
As a Lobbyist Akil is credited for passing the largest legislation in the courty to help rerduce childrens consumption of Sugary Sweeten Beverages throught the Healthy Kids Meal Bill. He has been active in reforming state statues around HIV criminal laws that impact communities of color without science or logical reasoning. In 2011 Akil was the first person to bring sports into the national Marriage Equality movement as he asked his College Football friends Randy Starks, Shawn Merriman, D’qwell Jackson and Super Bowl champion Brendon Ayanbadejo all to be part of the movement with Sports Athletes taking a stand.
Aside from his career as a government relations professional for nearly a decade, Akil Patterson is best known for being a five-time Greco-Roman, All-American wrestler. Mr. Patterson’s athletic accomplishments also include being an All-American member of the University of Maryland at College Park’s football team and takes pride in being on the last ever football and wrestling teams at the University of Maryland to win an ACC Championship.
Mr. Patterson currently serves as a consultant to Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization working to use the collective power of sports to change policy around LGBT issues and racial equity. Mr. Patterson has used that experience to help NFL athletes and NFL front office staff to create internal policy measures designed to address race and sexual orientation issues. Through his formation of the Justice for Michael Johnson organization, Mr. Patterson works to ensure that the science of HIV matches outdated laws that impact marginalized communities across the country. Mr. Patterson also spends some of his time addressing social justice issues Serving as the Treasure for Out for Justice, a returning citizens action organization, where he helped lead an effort to restore voting rights to over 40,000 ex-offenders in the state of Maryland.
Mr. Patterson works Government & Community Relations for the Maryland State Medical Society Sugar-Free Kids Maryland Program, where the mission is to roll back Type 2 Diabetes and other chronic diseases impacting children in our state.
A life time leader in the sports world Mr. Patterson has been recognized with many Awards:
Advocate Magazine 40 under 40, Black Legands and leaders in LGBT sports, 2x NCAA Football All-American, 5x USA Wrestling Greco- Roman All- American wrestler, Northeast Regional coach of the year, Baltimore City Health Leadership Award, Presidential Service award, First ever Guest editor for SWERV Magazine sports edition, Washington Blade top 100, Member of MGRA