Albany, NY – The North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters has appointed Jomo Akono, a Council Representative for Carpenters Local 276, to the Executive Board to represent the next generation of leadership.
Mr. Akono was praised with having played an integral role in outreach efforts for the organization in the Western NY area, especially in the Buffalo community.
He leads efforts to diversify Local 276, to represent local demographics and to increase the number of women in the trade through special pre-apprenticeship initiatives, such as the Sisters in the Brotherhood program. Affectionately known as “Brother Jomo” in the community, he has established community relationships and positively represents the organization within the Buffalo and Western NY communities.
He has made a difference by working with organizations such as Juneteenth and the Urban League, to bring visibility to community members about the career opportunities that are provided throughout the organization.
As a second generation carpenter who grew up in the city of Buffalo, the opportunity for Mr. Akono to become a union carpenter changed his life and now he is giving back to the community and helping others to educate them about a possible life-changing career opportunity. In addition, Mr. Akono has a local, weekly community radio show called Access to A-Free-Ka.