What We Do
- MOAA organizes and participates in a variety of awareness campaigns to ensure the District’s African community has access to local services and resources.
- Award funding to African community-based organizations whose programs provide culturally and/or linguistically targeted services and resources to the District’s African residents and businesses.
- MOAA supports the Office of Human Rights (OHR) and other entities to implement The Language Access Act of 2004 (LAA) by supporting African residents language access needs through data collection, outreach, quality control, recruitment, and cross-cultural communications training.
- MOAA promotes awareness of and appreciation for the District’s diverse African community by organizing cultural symposiums, commemorations, and exhibits to explore African identity, celebrate heritage, and support community building.
Meet the Director
With ten years of experience managing multifaceted operational and strategic development across government and nonprofit ecosystems, Aly Kaba has served at the Mayor's Office on African Affairs (MOAA) in various capacities since 2015, including Interim and Deputy Director. Throughout his tenure at MOAA, Kaba has dedicated Himself to ensuring the District's African immigrants have greater awareness and access to DC government programs and services of health, education, employment, social services, safety, and business for their economic and social development. Kaba is a dedicated global change advocate known for driving mission success through critical partnerships and informed decision-making. Kaba is a member of the Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM) grant making committee to inform decisions on community grant cycles for 190+ grants supporting non-governmental projects. Projects include the $10M DC HOPE Community Grants in response to COVID19, the $2.5M Immigration Justice Legal Services Grant Program, and the $100K African Community Development Grant program. In coordination with the Deputy Mayor's Office for Planning and Economic Development, Kaba drove a new competitive DC global business strategy to include African countries and participated in Mayor Bowser's Diplomatic & Trade Mission to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Certified Public Manager from the Georges Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, Kaba holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Social Policy and a Master of Arts in International Economics and Globalization focusing on International Development from the University Pierre Mendes. Originally from Guinea, he is fluent in French, English, Pular, Sosso, and Mandinka. Director Kaba is a proud resident of Ward 5.
View the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs' organizational chart.
In March 2006, the Council of the District of Columbia enacted DC ACT 16-313, mandating the establishment of an Office and Commission on African Affairs within the DC government.