Makana’s passion is community building. As a gay man, he has experienced first-hand the power that a truly inclusive space can have. In his work, he strives to create equity and safe spaces for all marginalized people. He is currently the Director of Community Engagement and the LGBTQ+ Liaison in the office of Chair Nathan Fletcher. Prior to his current role, he was a Community Representative, the Humans Relations Commission Liaison, and the LGBTQ+ Liaison at the Mayor’s office. He has completed a Schusterman Foundation fellowship for Community Builders and graduated from the Young Professionals Council Academy at the San Diego LGBT Community Center. He is also a Co-Chair of the County’s LGBTQ+ and Allies Employee Resource Group and previously co-founded the City’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group.