Introducing Executive Director Chijioke Akamigbo

Chijioke brings more than 20 years of professional experience, including eight years in senior leadership roles at Maryland Legal Aid and its subsidiary, Maryland Center for Legal Assistance. In these positions, he supervised and mentored more than 100 administrative and legal staff, and assisted thousands of pro se litigants. Among his many accomplishments was establishing an innovative self-help call center at MCLA and a centralized intake system for Maryland Legal Aid. In 2022, Chijioke was honored by the Daily Record and Maryland State Bar Association with a Leader in the Law award. 

Earlier in his legal career, Chijioke managed his own law practice where he represented homeowner’s associations, small businesses, and immigration clients. He also served as a Fellow in the DC Office of the Attorney General. As a law student at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Chijioke participated in the foreclosure mediation and immigration clinics that were instrumental in his educational experience and deepened his passion for serving low-income and disenfranchised communities. He is eager to bring his passion, expertise, and experience to RFJ and continue our important work.

A note from Chijioke:

I am both honored and humbled that the Board has entrusted me to serve as Rising for Justice’s next Executive Director.

Leading RFJ’s exceptional staff during this post-pandemic era fills me with excitement and determination to tackle the challenges and seize the opportunities ahead. I am eager to connect with RFJ’s clients, constituencies, and communities to further enhance and expand the organization’s vital work.