Derethia DuVal, Ph.D, MFT

Derethia is the director of the Counseling and Psychological Services Center at San Francisco State University. She is also a psychotherapist in clinical practice in Oakland, California.  She was on the board of the “Women of Color Resource Center” and a co organizer of the Bay Area Black Health Summit, and has worked with communities of color in the area of mental health for over 35 years.  She is totally committed to developing strong relationships between African American and African Immigrant communities in the pursuit of social justice for these communities.

Rufaro Gwarada

Rufaro is an US-born Zimbabwean who spent the formative years of her life in Zimbabwe and moved back to the United States as a young adult. She is fundraiser, with a background in women and girls’ rights, research, and communications. Rufaro currently works at Mobilize the Immigrant Vote and was previously Interim Coordinator at PAN, Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa at Global Fund for Women and Editor and Content Developer for AfricaSpeaks4Africa, an online magazine, which lifts up and advances African perspectives on key socio-economic, cultural, and political issues. She was also Grants Manager and previous to that, Development Officer at Campaign for Female Education (Camfed), an international nonprofit supporting girls’ education in five African countries. Rufaro holds a Master’s in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at University of Sussex.

Devonte Jackson

Devonté Jackson is the Bay Area Organizer for the Black Alliance for Just Immigration. Having grown up in Oakland, San Leandro, and San Lorenzo, he has grown passionate in addressing social and economic inequality in the Bay Area Community. As an undergrad at UC Berkeley, Devonté organized with students across California and AFSCME Local 3299 on labor issues within the UC and he served as Party Chair of Cal's longest standing political party, CalSERVE (Cal Students for Equal Rights and a Valid Education). Currently, Devonté organizes at the intersection of racial justice and immigrant rights as BAJI's Bay Area Organizer and is an active participant within Black Lives Matter Bay Area Chapter.  He believes that we can collectively strengthen our movements through alliance building, intersectional organizing, and practicing cross-cultural solidarity.

Nunu Kidane

Nunu Kidane has lived and worked in the San Francisco/Bay Area for nearly three decades. Since graduating from U.C. Berkeley, she’s worked and written extensively on Africa policy development topics related to HIV/AIDS, debt cancellation, migration, resource extraction, land rights/human rights and racial justice. Her current focus area is on migrant rights and the Black Diaspora. Nunu was recognized in 2017 by the White House as “Champion of Change” for her work with African diaspora communities.  She is founding member of the Black Immigration Network and the Pan African Network in Defense of Migrants’ Rights. 

Gerald Lenoir

Gerald is one of the founding board members of Priority Africa Network.  He was the Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (2006—2014) and a cofounder of the Black Immigration Network.  He was also a leader in the U.S. antiapartheid movement from 1977 to 1994.  In addition, Gerald served as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Black Coalition on AIDS (1989—1995) and a cofounder and former board chair of the HIV Education and Prevention Project of Alameda County (1992—2007).  Currently, he is the President of Lenoir and Associates, a consulting firm providing strategic planning, program planning and other services to social justice organizations, public institutions and health agencies.  

Amina Mama

Dr. Amina Mama is a Nigerian/British feminist academic. Her diverse areas of interest include  post-colonial feminist theory and methodology, gender politics and policy, higher education, militarism, post-colonial cinema, and women's movements. She has worked in higher education and international development in various parts of Africa, Europe, and North America.  Since 2002 she has served as founding editor of the continent's gender studies journal, Feminist Africa. Her public service has included the boards of the UN Institute for Research and Development (UNRISD) and the Global Fund for Women, and the UN Committee for Development Plannning (UNCDP). With several books and numerous other publications behind her, she is currently  Professor in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at the University of California, Davis.​

Cornelius Moore

Cornelius is long time Co-Director of the 45-year-old Bay Area social issue non-profit film distribution and production company California Newsreel. As California Newsreel has a large collection of films from and about Africa, he is knowledgeable about African cinema and how films can be used in Africa advocacy work. He is also a film curator focused on work from the Black World.

Muadi Mukenge

Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Muadi brings a background in women's health, African politics and economic development and frequently advises donors on their Africa programs. She presents often, including at international conferences and media outlets, and is a recent Board member of the African Studies Association and New Field Foundation. She has authored articles and book chapters on women's rights and African development and is active in Congolese and Africa-focused advocacy groups. Since joining the Global Fund for Women in 2004, Mukenge has increased grants in the areas of conflict-prevention, empowerment of rural women, and expansion of grants to French-speaking countries. She has led the deepening of support to the women's movement in the Great Lakes Region (DRC, Burundi, CAR), and facilitated GFW grantee convenings in DRC and throughout Africa. Prior to joining the Global Fund in 2004, she worked at the Pacific Institute for Women's Health, Coro Southern California, and the African Studies Center at UCLA. Mukenge holds a Master's Degree in African Studies from UCLA. 

Reverend Kelvin Sauls

Rev. Sauls, born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, is an ordained Elder in the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Throughout the United Methodist connection, he is a mentor, coach and advocate in the areas of transformational spiritual leadership, social justice ministries of equality and dignity, economic equity, and multi-ethnic congregational development for community upliftment and empowerment. A former executive and congregational strategist with two General Boards and the Annual Conference, Rev. Sauls is a passionate bridge-builder for cross-cultural and multi-ethnic congregational development in racially diverse communities. As the Senior Pastor of Holman United Methodist Church, Rev. Sauls is committed to leveraging Holman’s legacy to engage in relevant multi-generational and vibrant multi-cultural ministries of hope and healing, compassion and restoration towards a more just and fair beloved community and world house. Rev. Sauls is co-founder of PAN and Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI). A published writer, poet and percussionist, Rev. Sauls is married to Rev. Judi Wortham-Sauls, an ordained Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Walter Turner

Walter is the Chairperson of the Social Sciences Department at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California. He has traveled extensively throughout Africa and the Caribbean and hosts the weekly Pacifica Radio News program “Africa Today.”  He is the President of the Board of Directors of Global Exchange, an international human rights organization and is a member of the Board of Directors of Freedom Archives. Professor Turner is one of the authors of the book No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000 (Africa World Press).

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