Akin Akinyemi
Akin Akinyemi

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 110,000 parcels totaling $32 billion in just value and $18.6 billion in taxable value. His strategic priorities for the office include exceptional public service, a culture of excellence, commitment to innovation, and organizational effectiveness.

Akin was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He 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 PhD in Urban and Regional Studies from Florida State University, a Master of Architecture from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture & Housing Development from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design from the University of Lagos. He has lived in Tallahassee for more than 30 years. He is married to Eva and is the proud father of three children and four grandchildren.

Akin served as a Leon County Commissioner from 2008 through 2012, where he was named chair of the Value Adjustment Board. He is a strong advocate for our community and the environment. That commitment has led him to volunteer and serve on boards of many non-profit organizations, in our local schools, and in the business community, including serving as president of Brehon Family Services and on the boards of Goodwill Industries and the Dick Howser Center. He has been inducted into the NAACP Civil Rights Hall of Fame and is a Cherry Hall Alexander African American History Calendar Honoree.

LCPA Accomplishments

  • Implementation of a mobile system for field appraisers, allowing them to work remotely more effectively and increasing efficiency.
  • Instituting new processes to protect our customers' and employees' health, such as installing a solid partition at our customer service counter that increases security and minimizes face-to-face contact.
  • Implementation of community outreach and appraising innovation programs.
  • Creation of a strategic plan, organizational slogan, logo, and vision and value statements.
  • Consolidation of office space from two locations to one.
  • Automation of the agricultural exemption renewal.
  • Earned a perfect score on our recertification through IAAO (International Association of Assessing Officers)


  • Ph.D., Florida State University, Urban and Regional Studies
  • M.Arch., Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, Master of Architecture
  • B.S., University of Minnesota, Architecture & Housing Development
  • B.S., University of Lagos, Environmental Design
  • Certified Florida Appraiser (CFA), Florida Department of Revenue
  • Cadastral Map Specialist (CMS), International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO)
  • Registered Architect (RA), Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
  • Certified County Commissioner (CCC), 2011, Institute for County Government
  • Advanced County Commissioner (ACC), 2012, Institute for County Government

Career Background

  • Leon County Property Appraiser, 2017 - Present
  • Leon County Commissioner, At-Large Seat 1 2008–2012; Chairman 2011-2012
  • Leon County Value Adjustment Board, Chair, 2008-2012
  • Akinyemi and Associates, regional architectural firm, 1993-2014

Recognition and Leadership

  • Cherry Hall Alexander African American History Calendar Honoree, 2019
  • NAACP Civil Rights Hall of Fame, Inductee
  • International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration
  • Tallahassee’s Black History Firsts in Government, Loved by Jesus Family Church, 2018
  • Florida Association of Counties President’s Advocacy Award, 2011
  • C.K. Steele Honoree, 2010
  • Historic Preservation Award, U.S. Courthouse Restoration
  • FAMU/SBA Small Businessperson of the Year, 2001
  • Tallahassee and Jacksonville MedWeek Professional Service Firm-of-the-Year, 1994

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Florida Association of Property Appraisers (FAPA,) 2021-2022 Vice President; 2017-2018 Secretary and Director District One
  • Property Appraisers Association of Florida (PAAF), 2017-21 Legislative Committee
  • Leon County Value Adjustment Board, Chair, 2008-2012
  • Florida Association of Counties (FAC), Co-Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee
  • Principal Partner, Akinyemi and Associates, regional architectural firm, 1993-2014
  • National Association of Counties (NACo), Member of the select committee on Environment, Energy and Land Use
  • President, Brehon Family Services
  • Board Member, Goodwill Industries
  • Board Member, Ability First's High School/High-Tech
  • Chair, Service Corps of Retired Employees (SCORE)
  • Co-Chair, FAMU School of Architecture Alumni Network
  • Co-Founder, North Florida Stand Down for Homeless and At-Risk Veterans
  • Founding Sponsor, U.S. Green Building Council – Florida Capital Region Chapter
  • Member/DAC Rep., Chiles’ High School, Student Advisory Council (SAC)
  • Member/Secretary-Treasurer, Leon County Schools, District Advisory Council (DAC)
  • National African American Read-In, Springwood Elementary School