Senior Clinical Science Associate
Akela earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2008 from the University of Utah. As an undergraduate, she was a research assistant on multiple studies focusing on aspects of psychology and ethnic studies. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Akela worked as a psychiatric technician. She witnessed firsthand the dire need for transformative therapy options. Her passion regarding her patient’s well-being fueled her desire to advocate for populations typically underserved by lawmakers. She also worked as a policy director for a non-profit coalition working to advance the status of women in Utah. In her position as policy director, Akela pursued legislation that would better the lives of Utah women and families.
At MPBC, Akela is currently serving as a Senior Clinical Science Associate focusing on ensuring that clinical trials are conducted in a timely manner and in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), the principles of ICH/Good Clinical Practice and all applicable regulations governing the conduct of clinical trials. She is thrilled to be joining MAPS PBC.
In Akela’s free time, she enjoys finding the best foodie spots with her husband and two young sons, being active, and working hard to raise socially just, good humans.