African Communities Together
Key Topics: Race, Immigration (particularly black immigrants), Community organizing, Social change
Bio: Amaha Kassa is the founder and Executive Director of African Communities Together (ACT). Amaha is an Ethiopian immigrant with 20 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 (EBASE), 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. In 2012, Amaha received a Black Male Achievement Fellowship from Echoing Green and Open Society Foundations to support the launch of ACT.
Selected Speaking Experience
- "Let Us Breathe" conference on black-led organizing
- PolicyLink Race & Equity Conference
- Immigrant Learning Center Workshop on Immigrant Integration
- USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration conference on black immigrants in California
- Neighborhood Funders Group