About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide African descent community member organizations a platform to share resources, promote collaboration, and be an influential voice.

A Word from the Executive Director

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A Word from the Executive Director

Selam! Kodi! Bonjour! Mhoro! Jambo! Hello!
It has been an honor to meet, volunteer, and work with so many dedicated African descent community leaders, community members, youth, stakeholders, allies, and partners committed to preserving our rich culture & heritage, building community wealth, engaging civically, and maintaining/improving healthy communities over this past 18 months.
The exponential growth of our membership, quadrupling of our 2020 fundraising goal and committee activation; was made possible by the support and commitment of all Washington State Coalition of African Community Leaders’ (WSCACL or the Coalition) volunteers, member organizations, and the Board. The Coalition started its journey with a handful of African Leaders committed to working together to share information across our communities and better leverage scarce resources, while uniting as ONE voice. Our mission and membership has grown to include the entire African diaspora. We are very fortunate to have an active and dedicated multi-generational volunteer Board composed of diverse members of the African diaspora with backgrounds in marketing, website development, business ownership, public health, real estate development, finance, insurance, compliance, and non-profit governance that has met once a week for almost two years.
No matter our differences or the diversity of our communities, we should never forget the African Proverb, “Two spiders working together can take down a lion.” Creative Solutions to our common challenges will not come from City Hall, Olympia, or DC. Real change starts with us. We know the issues and we know the solutions that will work in our communities. Change only happens when the African diaspora UNITES and builds a better tomorrow as ONE.

As we reflect on 2021, like many others we experienced highs and lows in our second year of the pandemic. Since making a commitment to “Build Black Better Wealth Summit in February 2021, we have kept our commitment to purchase Black or BIPOC, our African Youth Drug Prevention group doubled in size and their parents are now participating actively in their
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Strategic Goals For 2020-2022

Civic Engagement

Economic Empowerment 

COMMITTEES

The Foundation of the Coalition are our committees, which are led by our African Descent Community Leaders. It is our Community Leaders that work directly with our community members in their nonprofit community organizations or businesses and are at the frontlines

CULTURE & HERITAGE

Focus on African descent Arts and Cultural programs, engage and teach youth about African descent culture, and participate in social events to bring awareness to Washingtonians

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

We at WSCACL are committed to improving the lives of the African Diaspora by engaging and implementing the full meaning of Economic Empowerment, which we define as the process by which the economic well-being and quality of life of our communities, families, businesses, non-profits, and individuals are improved according to targeted goals and objectives.  As a Coalition of Community Leaders, our unity allows the sharing of some of our scarce resources, human and technology, to collaborate for our shared goals of racial and economic justice. During these most unprecedented multiple threats to our African descent communities, the time is NOW more than ever to build a culturally appropriate healthy village full of affordable housing, healthcare facilities, schools, and active civic engagement that address our multi-generational needs.  Join us as we put talk into measurable actions!

HEALTH

Provides detailed information to best navigate the US Healthcare system, conduct health assessment, participate in health board, etc.

VOTER REGISTRATION

In line with the coalition’s Civic Engagement strategic goal, VR will address the issues that affect civic participation by our communities. We will increase voter registration with the help from our community volunteers and any partners who align with our mission and are interested in a mutually beneficial relationship.

YOUTH, FAMILY, & EDUCATION (YFSE)

Works from the framework of the Coalition’s strategic goal of economic empowerment. There is a direct link between educational achievement and building generational wealth. The more educated the community, the healthier and wealthier the community. YFSE seeks to improve the whole health and wellness of our African descent community members, while supporting the achievement of more educational, internship, and training opportunities.

Board of Directors (Co-Chairs)

Khetiwe Chitewere was born in Nairobi, Kenya and grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe. She is a leader in Security marketing at Microsoft Corporation. Khetiwe brings more than a decade of experience on boards focused on educating children in Uganda, Zimbabwe and the Pacific Northwest. She also brings her background as a Finance, Compliance, Governance and Marketing expert to the WSCACL Board.
Khetiwe Chitewere
Board Chair
Originally from the Congo-Kinshasa, Nida Ntita relocated to Seattle, Washington in 2011. She carries a Bachelor’s of Art in Philosophy and Education from the Catholic University of Congo, Congo-Kinshasa; Bachelor’s of Arts in Human Services, from Bethel University, McKenzie, TN. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Human & Social Services at Walden University, Minneapolis, MN. Her professional experience highlights in a Career Coordinator at Seattle Jobs Initiatives, Volunteers Coordinator at Congolese Integration Network, Volunteer Community Outreach & Engagement Manager at Angolan Community of Washington State, Community Investment Budget Committee Member, and Social Services Connector at Congolese and Angolan Christian Communities. Her achievements for the community include making 4000+ people access unemployment benefits during the surge of the pandemic, SNAP, Medical Insurance, Food Banks, COVID-19 Vaccine, Census 2020, Digital Bridge Training (Laptop and Hotspot), and Refugee Week Event.
Nida Ntita
Board Secretary
Nansare Consolata is the founder of African Print Takeover (formally Best of Both World Production), a cultural awareness organization established in 2005. The organization specializes in cultural awareness fashion shows and event planning, providing community education and recognition of the influence of African culture. Nansare currently serves as the Lead for the Culture and Heritage committee at Washington State Coalition of African Community Leaders, where she has actively participated since 2017/2018? and is a Cultural Ambassador for Africatown's sponsored Umoja Festival. Nansare was born in Uganda, but raised in the Central District and has participated in hundreds of African and African American culture and social justice activities since the age of 15 years old. Nansare continues her love for the community in her work as the Admin for Wa Therapy Fund Foundation which has brought her so much joy and honor to serve with Passion the key foundation of the nonprofit by Empowering People of Color through Mental Health Education and Radical Self-Care. Nansare continues to advocate for mental health within the African Community by encouraging those in need to seek mental health care as we all know it is not historically or traditionally a foundation for those in the African Community as well as Black Community to seek help within this profession. Nansare is responsible for bringing Africatown as a member organization to the Coalition and would like to be the Vice Chair of WSCACL in hopes to move the African & African American communities closer in unity and break the barriers that have long plagued our social being. Her desire is to see Everyone working together as one family to bring about Respect, Honor, Culture & Heritage to the communities she serves and loves the most. She is dedicated and passionate about connecting people and bringing people together. She is a Wife and a Mother a hat she wears proudly and says everything she does is so that the daughter Olivia would grow up in a community full of Cultural Diversity, Strength, Hope, Empowerment and Love. Something she wishes generations to come would greatly honor and appreciate long after she is gone.
Nansare Consolata
Board Voice chair
Ella is a proud South Seattle Native, Garfield High School Graduate, and the eldest daughter in a family of 8. Dr. McRae attended Washington State University (WSU) for both her undergraduate and doctorate degrees where she graduated from Veterinary School with honors and as one of the youngest graduates at the age of 23. Dr. McRae practiced small and exotic veterinary medicine in New Jersey and Maryland, before her path took her to do humanitarian work in West Africa. Dr. McRae lived over 10 years in Ghana doing grassroot community service, education, and Full Circle Doula care. Her compassion and love of community led to a career switch when she returned to the US in 2018. Ella has over 25 years of Community Service service which currently includes: Board membership of the First Hill X and the Black Farmers Alliance...Ella is a proud mother of a 14 year old and currently works as a Community Builder for Seattle Housing Authority in High Point and is a Mindfulness Facilitator. As a Community Builder, Ella taps into her natural desire to connect community members to resources and her network of influences, whether it is the Mayor of Seattle, one of the most powerful families in Ghana, or resident of one of her communities; Ella believes that supporting our community to get the resources they need to thrive and build community wealth is how we should all live.
Ella McRae
Board Member At Large