About Lajuanda

#QueenOfMagic

I am the Queen of Magic. If you can imagine it, I can make it happen - at varying levels of available resources. I am a problem solver who uses innovative approaches to tackle even the most complex projects with grace.

 

With over a decade of experience in education, cross-cultural community development, marketing and event management, Oakland native Lajuanda M. Asemota specializes in grassroots project design, diversity and inclusion in educational spaces, and higher education access and preparation in underserved communities.

She currently serves as Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Singularity University, where she previously held roles as Director of Program Operations and Director of Logistics. SU has been Lajuanda’s home since 2011, and it is here that she has worked with thousands of global entrepreneurs and executives to fuel innovation at the intersection of technology and social impact. 

For much of her career, Lajuanda has worked extensively on empowering communities with equitable and inclusive access to resources. This work has included roles as Executive Director for the Black Recruitment & Retention Center at UC Berkeley, as well as Head of Marketing & Development for World Bridges, a nonprofit dedicated to providing low-income youth with international opportunities. She developed and led SU's beta youth program, Exponential Youth Camp.

Lajuanda is also passionate about cross-cultural community building and cultural expression. This passion has led her to organize hundreds of spaces, events, retreats, workshops, and conferences to this end, including the Empowering Women of Color Conference, the Western Regional Conference, and a lecture series entitled “Oral Histories and Traditions” at the Multicultural Community Center, where she also co-founded an art gallery space.

Lajuanda currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Leadership High School in San Francisco, as well as several startups, including Codulab, Exponential Nigeria, and The Fourth Group. She attended the University of California, Berkeley for a Bachelor’s degree in both African American Studies and Advertising & Consumer Behavior. In her leisure, Lajuanda enjoys reading Spanish-language literature, traveling, playing volleyball, and advising young entrepreneurs.