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About Us

Priority Africa Network (PAN) is an Oakland-based non-profit that supports and advocates for Black immigrant communities in the Bay Area.   


Through providing consistent information and access to legal, health and social service resources;  networking and capacity building; and cultural meaning-making, PAN empowers and makes visible the needs and contributions of Black immigrants.  


PAN’s ‘bridge-building’ agenda makes  vital connections between Black immigrants and African Americans, and paves a path towards intentional integration, and identifying a common agenda towards the struggle for racial equity.  


Priority Africa Network builds intergenerational bridges within the African diaspora to advance Pan-Africanism ideals that enable an inclusive and equitable society for all people.” 

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Meet the Team

PAN's work is made possible by the contributions of our staff, Board, and volunteers. Their collective experience as activists, academics, and community leaders who are committed to the wholeness of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora advances the Network's mission.

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Nunu Kidane

Executive Director

Priscilla Ankrah

Program Director

Debora Tolessa

Program & Research Coordinator

Hariena Haile & Bria Woodland

Black Immigrant Youth Project Leads

Board of Directors

Nunu Kidane

Executive Director

Gerald Lenoir

Board Chair

Cornelius Moore 

Derethia DuVal, PhD

Amina Mama PhD

Muadi Mukenge

Rev. Kelvin Sauls 

Rufaro Gwarada

Walter Turner

Devonte Jackson

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