Akilah Templeton is the Executive Director for U.S.VETS – Inglewood in California.
A native of Inglewood, Templeton jumped at the chance to return to the community she knows and loves. She has worked in substance abuse and mental health for more than 20 years. Her commitment to service is deeply rooted in a family legacy of giving back. This dedication is evidenced by a conscious decision to work in public service and in the non-profit sector with the hope of improving the quality of life for those who may otherwise have difficulty accessing the care they need.
Prior to joining U.S.VETS, Templeton served as Managing Director for one of the largest substance use disorder and mental health treatment facilities in the country. She has also worked for the Department of Mental Health in Los Angeles County, the Department of Behavioral Health in Ventura County, and as a Program Director providing housing and supportive services to adults with developmental disabilities and chronic mental illness. As Executive Director for U.S.VETS – Inglewood, Templeton is committed to championing the cause of veteran homelessness and the myriad barriers that adversely affect our nation’s heroes.
Templeton holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from USC with a sub-concentration in Military Social Work. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Leadership and Public- Sector Management, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Through the course of her career she has held certifications as a Master’s Level Addiction Specialist, a Certified Addiction Counselor, and a Group Home Administrator. She has contributed to the national discussion on the importance of individualized and integrated care for individuals with co-morbid disorders through her professional associations and participation on panels and boards in the role of Director.