Who We Are
Welcome to site of the Seattle and Portland African American Leadership Forums.
The African American Leadership Forum is a movement of African American leaders and stewards across five metropolitan areas – the Twin Cities, Portland, Seattle, Des Moines, and Tacoma – that is committed to the revitalization and sustainability of a vibrant African American community. We are united in the belief that we can do more together than separately. We recognize that in order to achieve enduring, positive, change in our communities we need a truly transformative agenda; one that is exciting and fresh; one that challenges the status quo and changes the game.
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December 10, 2014
JOB OPENING DATE: MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014 JOB CLOSING DATE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2014 (updated closing date!) The mission of the Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) is to leverage the power of our community’s combined resources to advance the vision of a connected, thriving, resilient Black Community. PAALF’s work addresses the unique and […]
Now Hiring: PAALF Director JOB OPENING DATE: MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014 JOB CLOSING DATE: FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015 The mission of the Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) is to leverage the power of our community’s combined resources to advance the vision of a connected, thriving, resilient Black Community. We do this by […]
November 10, 2014
AALF premiers award-winning documentary to inspire collective action to support education equity and excellence –Kerry Cooley-Stroum In its continuing mission to convene the community to address the most critical issues affecting the well-being of African Americans, the African American Leadership Forum (AALF-Seattle) premiered the Seattle screening of the award-winning documentary American Promise on November […]
In response to several tragic shootings in Greater Seattle involving some of our young people, AALF-Seattle via our Law and Justice Initiative, sponsored a 4-day TEENERGY Social Justice Art Camp for teen girls at Africatown in Columbia City. TEENERGY are the words ”teen” and “energy” combined and is the brainchild of AALF Executive Board Member, […]
November 5, 2014
We bring you bitter-sweet news that Cyreena Boston Ashby is stepping down from her position as Director of PAALF. While the news of this transition is accompanied by a profound sense of loss, we are simultaneously filled with excitement and optimism for Cyreena and the future of PAALF. Her integrity, tenacity, energy and leadership have established PAALF as an influential force in policy and civic advocacy within Portland and the Region.