Zakiya Summers is the Director of Communications and Advocacy for the ACLU of Mississippi. Prior to ACLU, she served as Events and Communications Director for One Voice, a policy advocacy organization that works for the benefit of marginalized populations in partnership with community based organizations, namely the Mississippi NAACP. Zakiya also represented Mississippi’s back yard jewel – the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center – as Public Relations Manager and Internal Relations Coordinator after working as the morning news producer at the NBC affiliate, WLBT-TV 3.
After serving as the appointed Hinds County District 3 Election Commissioner in 2015, Zakiya ran and won the seat for the full four-year term in November 2016, garnering 65% of the vote.
An entrepreneur, Zakiya owns her own corporate event planning and public relations consulting company, Lady Godiva Productions. She was named as one of the Top 50 leading businesswomen in the state for 2017 by the Mississippi Business Journal. She serves on United Way's 2018 Young Professional Leaders group, Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation Vice Chair and the University Mississippi Medical Center Community Advisory Board member, secretary for the Jayne Avenue Neighborhood Association, and member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Women for Progress, NAACP, Hinds County Health Department Family Planning Council, and Jackson Association of Black Journalists.
Zakiya is a Broadcast Journalism graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is married to husband, Andra Harlee, and they have three sons – Marvin, Mason, and Mathis.
Director of Communications & Advocacy
ACLU of Mississippi
P.O. Box 2242
Jackson, MS 39225-2242