Akilah Morgan grew up in Los Angeles, California. She was born to immigrant parents from St. Vincent and the Grenadines; an island in the Caribbean.  She graduated from Claflin University; the oldest historically black college in South Carolina, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Music. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree online in Public Administration from the Universityof Birmingham in England. In the summer of 2009, she became a founding member of what would become the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA). Since its inception ICYOLA has grown from 9 to over 130 members. A total of 356 musicians have been served by the program. The organization provides opportunities to young musicians in the communities it serves to perform in some of Los Angeles’ most prestigious settings. She currently works for ICYOLA as the Assistant to the Executive Director, running day to day operations.