Who We Are
New American Africans (NAA) is an immigrant-led, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization which welcomes and serves African immigrants and refugees living in Concord, New Hampshire.
New American Africans (NAA) was formed in 2004 to support newly arriving African immigrants and refugees in their journey of integration and adaptation to a new life in New Hampshire. NAA creates opportunities for immigrants and refugees in New Hampshire to be empowered to take care of ourselves and our families, to be productive and participating members of society, and reach our fullest potential to belong and contribute to the New Hampshire community. This work requires a thoughtful and multi-faceted approach, with a network of staff and volunteers coordinating key programs and services. To meet the demand, we are working to expand our capacity to provide the support, education and advocacy necessary to ensure a wholesome integration of newcomers into our community.
Mission & Vision
The mission of New American Africans is to strengthen and sustain immigrants by gathering for mutual support and education, promoting leadership development and sharing values and culture that will enrich the broader community.
Through immigrant leadership, New American Africans develops strong immigrant communities that reflect diverse cultural perspectives by promoting collaboration, equity, resilience and opportunities to thrive with dignity and respect.
New American Africans welcomes a diverse cohort of staff and volunteers committed to serving the organization.
Carolyn Musyimi-Kamau: Executive Director
Our Executive Director brings years of experience in the fields of community development and international relations. She was born in Kenya, and moved to the Boston area to further her studies at Brandeis University where she earned a Masters in Sustainable International Development. Upon completion, she joined the Consortium for Law and Development at Boston University School of Law, where she worked with a team to strengthen legislative drafting capacity in pharmaceutical manufacturing in East Africa. She worked as a community organizer and fund raiser for the Kenyan Advisory Council, and then joined the Kenya UN Mission, serving on the Economic and Financial Committee of the United Nations that worked on the post 2015 Development agenda. As NAA’s Executive Director, she is charged with ensuring high quality programming that achieves our strategic goals. Through developing and maintaining relationships with the diverse members of Concord’s African community and by engaging in collaborative work with other stakeholders and partners addressing migrant and refugee issues, she is able to provide NAA with a strong voice in community matters.
Ayi D’Almeida: Youth Coordinator
Ayi came to NAA in October 2016. He runs NAA’s Youth Program. He can be found in either Rundlett Middle School or Concord High School three afternoons a week during the school year, working with volunteers from St. Paul’s School to offer academic support and language development to new American students who want some extra help. He also runs our evening programs, overseeing our dance class, and helps students to maintain academic skills during the summer. Additionally, our youth program takes students on college visits. Ayi came to Concord from Ghana at the age of 16. He graduated with honors, with a degree in International Relations from UNH.
Cheryl Bourassa: Program Manager
Cheryl has been with NAA since December 2015. She is responsible for grant writing and helps with all of NAA’s fundraising activities. She has secured grants from a wide range of local, state and national donors. Cheryl recruits and supports our volunteers. Because of her background as an educator, she works on projects that support summer literacy for our youth. She is a lifelong New Englander, and has an MA in Early American History.
Victoria Adewumi: Board Chairperson
Victoria is a Community Liaison with the Manchester Health Department where she links residents to partners in the service, business, non-profit, and faith communities to facilitate the upward mobility and better health of all of Manchester residents. From her own experiences at a first generation American, to conducting an international research project on refugee policy, seeing communities come together and embrace their collective strength has been her life’s work. Victoria holds Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees in Political Science & International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire. Victoria also serves on the board of the Diversity Workforce Coalition, the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, and the Health and Equity Partnership Steering Committee.
Lina Shayo: Board Vice Chairperson (image coming soon)
Becky Field: Board Secretary
Becky has been on the NAA board for five years. She is a retired federal research biologist and university professor. She now spends all her time photographing immigrants and refugees in New Hampshire. In 2015 she published a book, “Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire’s Culture Diversity,” that includes her photographs along with an introduction by Maggie Hassan, former NH Governor, and essays by six refugees about their journeys to find a new home in the Granite State. Being connected with NH’s new American communities has made her “retirement” very interesting and a lot of fun.
We are so proud of our board member, Becky Field! She is being honored by the Turkish Cultural Center of NH with an award for her photography work with cultural diversity. She’ll get her award on Nov. 16th, at the Puritan Conference and Event Center.
Maggie Fogarty: Board Treasurer
Maggie is the Co-Director of the NH program for the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization working for justice and peace throughout the US and the world for nearly 100 years. Maggie’s work involves movement building for social and economic justice, and addresses several issues including affordable housing and ending homelessness; the rights and dignity of workers, immigrants, tenants and low-income people; and making sure our budgets and our policies reflect the values of compassion, equality, dignity and human rights. She has served on the boards of many organizations including A Safe Place, Habitat for Humanity, Witness for Peace, the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness and New American Africans. She lives in Dover NH with her husband Tim and two teenage kids.
Basra is an immigration attorney at New Hampshire Catholic Charities where she advocates for immigrant victims of crimes. Basra was born in Somalia and grew up in Tennessee. She has been living and working in New Hampshire for the past five years. Basra is passionate about immigrant rights issues and has been with NAA since 2016.
Solomon joined the NAA board in January 2017. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography and the International Affairs program at the University of New Hampshire.
William works on social enterprise, micro-finance, community engagement and local economic development through the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy, Paul College of Business and Economics and Cooperative Extension. Bill has more than fourteen years of experience working in sub-Saharan Africa on economic development and community building initiatives. Bill serves as treasurer of New Hampshire Peace Action and has worked as a hard rock gold miner, electronics and mining industry health organizer and United Farmworkers Union boycott organizer among other jobs. William has been active in peace, civil rights, environmental justice, anti-war and labor movement struggles for more than 30 years.
Bill Tappan (no image)