Alpha Amadou Diallo came from Guinea, and grew up in the Bronx where he attended the High School of World Cultures. Alpha has a Master’s of Arts degree in Sustainable Economic Development at SIT Graduate Institute with a concentration in Development Management. He has previously worked for an Immigration Attorney, a Civil Litigation Law Firm and most recently for JP Morgan Chase. Alpha speaks Fulani, French, Spanish and English.
Victoria Ogundipe was born in Nigeria. She is a Senior at Bard College of Simon’s Rock, with a focus in Political Science. Victoria has won many awards and scholarships in recognition of her leadership qualities and great potential. She is the Founder of Africa&Us, an organization that host yearly roundtables and discussion on ways to improve West Africa.Victoria speaks Yoruba and English.
Dotse Gbegnedji was born in Togo. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at City College of New York. Dotse has a wealth of experience in designing and maintaining websites, and has interned with IT firms. He speaks Ewe, French, English and some German.
Rabiyatou Valian was born in Ivory Coast and raised in Burkina-Faso. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in in International Studies and Political Science at City College of New York. Rabiyatou has great interest in Humanitarian Aid and Community Development, and is currently working with International Organization for Migration. She is also an active member of Speak Up Speak Out, a non-profit organization that empowers victims of domestic violence. Raby speakers Dioula, Moore, French and English.
Aminata Bah was born in the Congo and raised in Guinea. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at Brooklyn College. Aminata is a Certified Public Accountant, currently working at Ernst and Young in New York City as a senior auditor. Prior to joining in Ernst and Young, she worked as a staff accountant at EisnerAmper. Aminata is a visionary and hopes to someday return home to help the economic development of the country.
Fatoumata Diallo grew up in Guinea. She is currently a BA/MA candidate in Accounting at Long-Island University – Brooklyn Campus. Fatoumata is part of many community organizations, a group leader and role model to various women organization. She most recently interned with the Treasury Division at the New York Department of Finance.
Yacoub Soumahoro was born in Geneva, Switzerland of Ivorian parents where his father worked as a Diplomat for the United Nations. He has lived in New York since the age of four years and graduated from Pace University with a dual degree in International Business and Finance. Yacoub is currently a Senior Consulting in the Financial Services Risk Management Practice at Ernst & Young LLP. He has previously held positions at Deutsche Bank and the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC). Yacoub is fluent in English and French.
Janis Rosheuvel was born in Guyana, South America. She currently serves as Executive Secretary for Racial Justice for United Methodist Women. She also lectures on race and ethnicity and the criminalization of migrant life at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and serves on the boards of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI). Janis holds an MA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England.
Janis has worked in the fields of international development and gender rights. From 2007-11 she served as Executive Director/Organizer at Families for Freedom (FFF), a New York-based network of immigrants resisting mass incarceration and deportation. Janis was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship from 2011-12 to South Africa where she documented the work of social movements organized by migrants, shack dwellers and other working class activists
Abdulai Bah came from Sierra Leone, speaks five languages (English, Krio, French, Fulani and Susu). He has a long career with community radio and organizing. He is currently an Associate Producer with Aljazeera America. Until recently, Abdulai was a Program Associate at CNPI, with the People’s Producation House and is a member of Nah We Yone (“It Belongs to US), a non-profit organization that provides assistance to immigrants from Africa and elsewhere.
Melissa Mendez-Garcia, MBA, Rutgers University (2014), MPA, New York University 2003, and BA, Columbia University, 1995. Melissa currently works as the Director of the Catalyst Program, a community development program focusing on neighborhood and community revitalization in New York City. Melissa brings a wealth of policy, advocacy, and program experience to Catalyst from her work at New York University and, prior to that, with the City of New York's Parks and Recreation agency.
In her work with NYU’s Women of Color Policy Network, Melissa implemented and documented community initiatives, facilitated partnerships among government, community groups, and academics, and focused on developing advocacy and policy opportunities for youth. Prior to NYU, Melissa served in a number of capacities with the City, including Chief of Finance and Administrative Services. Melissa is a graduate of the Immigrant Civic Leadership Program with Coro NY in 2014. She served as Commissioner for the Women's Issues Commission under Mayor Bloomberg from 2009-2013. She is also a board member with the Commission on the Public's Health System.
Ibrahim Diallo, a native of Guinea, is a Trinity College graduate, with a major in International Relations and minor in Human rights. He is a co-founder and Chairman of the African Development Coalition or ADC, a student run development organization, which focuses exclusively on Africa. To date, the ADC has raised over $100,000 and carried out projects in three African countries in the areas of health, education, technology and access to clean water. Currently, Ibrahim is a Finance Analyst at JP Morgan Chase.
Amaha Kassa is founder and Executive Director of African Communities Together, a membership organization of African immigrants and their families. Amaha has 19 years of professional experience as a labor and community organizer, nonprofit director, and social entrepreneur. For nine years, Amaha directed the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, turning it into one of the country’s most effective labor-community alliances. Amaha earned a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.