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OUR BOARD

O. Peter Akubeze, M.S.
President
UWM - Dept of Africology

Kwabena Falson
Vice President
Retired - Brady Corp

Solomon Tesfai
Treasurer
Miller Coors

Ishaq Andreku
Secretary

Dr. Peter Ruta

Fouad Boulaleh

Paulette Bangura

William Johnson

Dr. Aaron Buseh

John Avudria

Khay Khong

Yainkain Fofana

Dr Alemayehu Dashow

Steven Kamuiru

Serge Memiaghe

John Muoria

Claire Von Fossen

Tshimankinda Kadima

Fessahaye Mebrahtu
Executive Director

 

ABOUT US

Our Mission
PACA brings together all people of African descent to preserve and enrich African cultural values through education, empowerment, and dialogue; serving the needs of the greater Milwaukee community.

Vision:
PACA envisions African refugees and immigrants making a smooth adjustment into American society, enjoying the rights and fulfilling their obligations as integral members of their community.

Values:
• Dignity is a right
• Integrity is a virtue
• Diversity is a value
• Unity is a strength
• Service is commitment

Goals and Objectives:
• Advocacy
• Cultural Preservation/Promotion
• Education
• Services

Organizational Profile

1998/1999 PACA was established as a small committee to address the emerging issues of African immigrants and refugees in the Milwaukee metro area;
2002

PACA committee members made a discernment to become a nonprofit entity and started developing pilot programs, including Coalition of African Youth (CAY), which is youth leadership development program;

2003

PACA acquired federal identification number or EIN. Through the help of the Private Industry Council (PIC) ELP program, the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee PACA completed organizational assessment

2003/2004 Same year PACA board embarked on business strategic planning with the assistance of
Metavante Corporation
2004 PACA was granted 501 (c) 3 nonprofit status;
2005

PACA initiated African Women Entrepreneurship (AWE) to build the entrepreneurial skills of African immigrant and refugee women and received a grant from Catholic Campaign for Human Development – Archdiocese of Milwaukee;

2006

PACA received its first grant from the Office of Refugee Resettlement – Ethnic Communities Self-help program, opened an office and hired its first staff; expanding its funding base PACA developed more programs and hired more staff to run them;

2009 PACA became a refugee resettlement agency in partnership with ECDC;
2011 PACA moved to a new location that accommodate its expanding programs;
2012 Currently PACA has 9 fulltime staff and dozens of volunteers.





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