A vision to serve, share and improve outcomes
Our Board, Increasing Connections for People of the Pacific Northwest to the People and Cultures of Africa
Born and raised in Kenya, Grace is the co-founder and President of the Harambee Centre. She is a graduate of Portland State University and has been an employee at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) for over 27 years. A gifted speaker, renowned cook, and passionate educator, Grace has touched the lives of thousands of students and teachers throughout the Pacific Northwest through her ‘Africa Is Not a Country’ curriculum and speaking engagements. She has served on numerous boards, including American Friends Service Committee, Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, Right Sharing (Quakers), and the World Affairs Council of Oregon. Though Grace has lived in Portland for more than 38 years, she consistently remains devoted to the call of her village in her homeland, and coordinates cross-cultural exchange trips to Kenya with her husband, Paul. She has worked tirelessly to educate, connect and mutually enrich both her African and American communities. Grace is a mother of two daughters and two grandchildren.
I have been a social studies teacher at Southridge High School for 10 wonderful years. In my first year, I became involved with the Matale Sister School Project and worked closely with the Harambee Centre; it turned out to be the beginning of something special. Thanks to our partnership with Harambee, the students and staff at Southridge have had the opportunity to do some amazing things, which include participating in multiple cultural exchanges in Beaverton and Uganda, helping to build a science laboratory, funding a sustainable poultry project at our sister school, and creating opportunities for students from both communities to learn from each other. I became so impressed with the work that Harambee is doing and the goals they have for the future that I decided to join the board. If I can help to bring together the idealism and passion of high school students with the idealism and wisdom of my fellow members of the board, we will do great things.
Born in Kampala, Uganda, and granddaughter of the late Yoshua Kaduyu, Harambee Centre Board Chair, Yvette Maliza Kibwika continues to follow her passion to increase access to quality education. With years of experience in Leadership, Learning & Development and Performance Management, Ms. Kibwika specializes in helping for-profit organizations and non-profit organizations, improve operations of initiatives and projects. Advocating for youth education as a Miss Ugandan North American Association beauty queen and past Vice President for Breaking Barriers USA, she has contributed to the development of organizational effectiveness helping to bring change management and process reengineering expertise in the areas of human resources development, organizational development, and diversity and inclusion. Ms. Kibwika is currently pursuing a M.S. in Human Resource Development at Villanova University & enjoys facilitating for groups and hiking new summits on the weekends.
I have been on the Harambee board since 2014 and currently serve as Secretary. I am originally from the UK and now live in Portland with my husband and dog, Alaska. I first joined the board because I believe every child, no matter where they’re from, should have access to a decent education and I was impressed with the work that Harambee Centre was doing in Uganda, like building the girls dormitory. My high school back in England also had a sister school relationship with a school in Ghana so I have seen the benefits to the students and teachers, at home and abroad, who participate in such a partnership. I am excited to see what else Harambee is able to accomplish within their African communities as well as the Pacific North West.
JOHN JULIUS MUWULYA LWEBUGA
KARL “DAVE” HOLZ