Staff

Amaha Kassa

Amaha Kassa is the founder and Executive Director of African Communities Together. Amaha has 25 years of professional experience as a labor and community organizer, nonprofit director, and social entrepreneur. For nine years, Amaha directed East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, a workers’ rights nonprofit in Oakland, California, growing it from a startup to one of the leading organizations in its field. Prior to launching ACT, Amaha earned his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.

Ash Kalinda

Raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, Ash comes from a family of Rwandan immigrants and refugees. She brings a wealth of experience from her work with international and community-based nonprofits focused on civic engagement, humanitarian response, and the empowerment of BIPOC and immigrant youth.

Giselle Maglorie-Pinard

Giselle Maglorie-Pinard was born and raised in the Commonwealth of Dominica and migrated to the U.S. with her family in 2012. She has several years of experience in both private and public law, including public policy, having previously worked with the Attorney General.

Alpha Kassogu

Alpha Kassogu, a dedicated Community Organizer, leads the charge at ACT within the New York City Chapter, drawing upon extensive experience within the city's vibrant African immigrant communities. With over three decades of immersion as a Malian Community Member, Medical Interpreter, and Prevention Coordinator at African Services Community, Alpha is deeply rooted in grassroots initiatives.

Fatoumata Barry

Fatoumata Barry serves as the Community Navigator for African Communities Together. Raised in New York City by Guinean immigrant parents, she brings a diverse background to her role. After completing her education at Rochester Institute of Technology, where she studied Biomedical Sciences, Marketing, and Public Relations, Fatoumata delved into the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining ACT, she gained valuable experience working with Americorps, focusing on legal aid, communication, media relations, and social media management.

Gigi Traore

Gigi Traore is ACT’s Civic Engagement Director. A native Midwesterner born to a Nigerian father and a southern Black American mother, Gigi has dedicated over 20 years to political activism and community service. Her groundbreaking achievements include serving as the first Black Mayor, Council President Pro Tempore, and Councilmember for the Village of Newburgh Heights, OH (2018-2023), where she championed issues of race and gender equity.

Airenakhue B. Omoragbon

Airenakhue B. Omoragbon is ACT's New York State Policy Manager. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York to immigrant parents from Trinidad and Nigeria, Airenakhue brings a profound dedication to social justice and community empowerment to ACT. Before joining our team, Airenakhue served as a Search for Common Ground’s Youth, Peace, and Security (YPS) Advocacy Fellow.

Nils Kinuani

Nils Kinuani is ACT's Federal Policy Manager. Nils brings with him over 8 years of invaluable experience in immigration services and a passion for community leadership.

Kathryn Dale

Kathryn Dale is our Data Manager. Kathryn was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens, New York. She started organizing during the Iraq War, where she became involved in the antiwar movement. Her main focus was on combating discrimination within communities that were specifically targeted. She has continued her organizing activities within her community, focusing on important matters like housing justice and food insecurity. Engaging in these activities helped her develop a deep passion for data and technology.

Sadé White

Sadé White is ACT's Human Resource Manager. Sadé brings a wealth of Human Resources experience with a focus on diversity recruitment, nurturing career development, fostering inclusivity, and promoting mental health in workplaces. Raised in Massachusetts, Sadé's multicultural heritage spans Nigerian, Irish, Sioux, and Beninese roots.