Akin Akinyemi was elected as the Leon County Property Appraiser in 2016 and re-elected in 2020. In this role, he oversees the office’s state-mandated responsibilities, annually certifying property values and exemptions for over 111,000 parcels totaling over $36 billion in just value and over $21 billion in taxable value. His strategic priorities for the office include exceptional public service, a culture of excellence, a commitment to innovation, and organizational effectiveness.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Akin came to the United States to study architecture and urban planning and ran a successful regional architecture firm for more than 20 years. Akin holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Studies from Florida State University, a Master of Architecture from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, a Bachelor of Science in Architecture & Housing Development from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from the University of Lagos. He has lived in Tallahassee for more than 30 years. Akin is married to Eva; together they have four children and five grandchildren.
Akin served as a Leon County Commissioner from 2008 through 2012, where he was selected as chair of the Value Adjustment Board from 2010 to 2011, and as chair of the commission from 2011 to 2012. He is a strong advocate for our community and the environment. That commitment led him to volunteer and serve on boards of many non-profit organizations, in our local schools, and in the business community. He has served as president of Brehon Family Services and on the boards of Goodwill Industries, The Dick Howser Center, Ability 1st, FAMU School of Architecture Alumni Network, Sunrise Rotary Club, Chiles High School Student Advisory Council, and the Leon County Schools District Advisory Council. Additionally, Akin has held leadership roles for the Florida Association of Counties and the National Association of Counties and is a current member of the Greater Tallahassee and Capital City Chambers of Commerce.
A past inductee into the NAACP Civil Rights Hall of Fame, Akin has also been recognized as a Cherry Hall Alexander African American History Calendar Honoree and has received numerous professional honors, including the Florida Association of Counties’ President’s Advocacy Award, SBA Small Business Awards, and recognition as a past C.K. Steele Honoree. Akin served as president of the Florida Association of Property Appraisers from 2021 to 2022 and continues to serve as a member of the board of directors.