• Designation: Executive Director
  • Company: Gambian Talents Promotion

Team Information

FIRST NAME: Pa Ousman               LAST NAME: Joof               AGE: 37            MARITAL STATUS: Married        SEX: Male

LEVEL OF EDUCATION: Some College              ELIGIBLE TO WORK IN THE U.S-Yes     DAYTIME PHONE #: (404)-593-6215

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE:

HIGH SCHOOL DEPLOMA

NAME OF SCHOOL: St Augustine’s High School
DEGREE COMPLETED: High School diploma

TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS ATTENDED

NAME OF SCHOOL: University of The Gambia and Prince William Sounds Community College

DEGREE COMPLETED: Associate of Arts

LANGUAGES SPOKEN/WRITTEN:

English, Wollof, Mandingka

PERSONALITY:

Good communication and inter-personal skills, Discipline, patience and excellent work ethics.

PROFESSION: Journalist, Public Speaker, interpreter, TV Show host and P.R Consultant.

COMPUTER/OTHER SKILLS: Microsoft office suite, Adobe suite, managing social media and directing a TV show

 CERTIFICATES

Certificate of  Elementary French (Alliance Franco Gambienne),

JOB EXPERIENCE

EMPLOYER: Gambian Talents Promotion

-JOB TITLE: Executive Director

-HIRE DATE: 04-2017

-JOB DUTIES-: Attending board meetings, taking meeting minutes and writing reports, Fundraising/ grant writing,  Networking with other organizations, recruiting  and managing staff, volunteers and interns, organizing and implementing programs and activities for the organization and  P.R work.

-ADDRESS: 3909 164th ST SW, Suite 201, Lynnwood, WA 98087

-SUPERVISOR/BOARD CHAIR’S NAME- Gloria Walton         -TEL: (425)-345-3180

TALENTS/POTENTIALS

I have a good communication and inter-personal skill that I take pride in utilizing to serve people. I am jovial and enjoy providing services and working in places where I deal directly with people. I write and speak English fluently. I take pride in carrying out every duty and responsibility incumbent on me. I don’t quit until I get the job done and always look for more to do. I am dependable, reliable and trust worthy.

OTHER LEADESHIP ROLES

-Member of the Bafrow Youth Advocacy Group
-Secretary General of the Youths Against AIDS Network (Y.A.A.N) Gambia Chapter of the Global Alliance Against Aids Network

-1st Deputy Speaker of the Banjul Youth Parliament and National Assembly Representative of  The Gambia National Youth Parliament.

-Social Committee member of the Atlanta Gambian Emergency Relief Association (A.G.E.R.A)

-Children Affair’s Coordinator- Atlanta Gambian Emergency Relief Association A.G.E.R.A

– Social Committee Chairman of the Senegambian Association of Anchorage

– President of the African Association of Alaska.

-Member of the Washington Community Alliance

-Member Washington Nonprofit Executive Directors

PA OUSMAN JOOF’S BIOGRAPHY

Pa Ousman Joof  is the founder and Executive Director of Gambian Talents Promotion which he founded in 2006 while living in Atlanta Georgia.

Prior to coming to the United States in 2004, Pa Ousman has assumed so many leadership roles since he was a child growing up in Farafenni where he attained his early childhood education. He was a Cub-Scout Leader at Farafenni Primary School and the Head Boy of  Farafenni Junior Secondary School where he graduated in 1999 before proceeding to St Augustine’s High School (the only boys high school in the country) in Banjul,  the capital of The Gambia where he served as a Senior School Prefect,  the president of the School’s Islamic Club,  the Secretary General of the Peer Health Educators and Writer’s Clubs,  the Deputy Editor-in-chief of the School’s “Sunu Kibaro” Magazine and the Chairman of the “Gamsaints Reconciliation Committee” , a project he initiated to reconcile St Augustine’s and Gambia High School.

Right after he graduated from High School,  Pa Ousman Joof enrolled at The University of The Gambia  where he started pursuing a degree in Arts and Social Sciences.

At the same time,  Pa Ousman and 6 of his colleagues from St. Augustine’s formed a youth organization called Youths in Development and Change (Y.I.D.A.C) which he served as the president till he came to The United States in 2004. During his days as the president of YIDAC, Pa Ousman attended several local and international conferences,  workshops and seminars where he delivered speeches and interacted with colleagues.  His last conference was the West African Joint Operation Conference hosted at the Kairaba Beach Hotel by the Gambia National Drug Control Council (N.D.C.C).

In March of 2004, Pa as the President of YIDAC and his Financial Secretary came to represent The Gambia at an international conference on Micro Finance and Youth Entrepreneurship at the Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City in Utah.

Just like many immigrants in the United States,  he struggled very hard working 2 to 3 jobs coupled with going to school and raising a family before he settled down in Everett Washington where he lives with his wife and 3 kids.  Pa Ousman has an Associate in Arts degree from Prince Williams Sounds Community College in Valdez Alaska in 2015.

Throughout his life in the United States, Pa Ousman lived in College Park Georgia, Raleigh North Carolina, Anchorage Alaska and now Everett Washington.

He served as the Assistant Social Secretary of the Atlanta Gambians Emergency Relief Association (A.G.E.R.A) before moving to Alaska in 2010 where he served as the 1st president of the African Association of Alaska (A.A.A).

While living in Atlanta,  in 2006, Pa Ousman Joof and Ebou Njie (A US based  Gambian DJ and web designer) saw the need to establish  a platform through which they can tap, nurture  and promote Gambian Talents and culture around the world especially through the internet.  This gave birth to Gambian Talents Promotion which over the years grew from being only a cultural and talent promotion entity to a non-profit organization that connects West Africans in Washington with local resources and bridges the gap between us and the wider community. Within 3 years of the re-branding,  Pa Ousman was able to register GTP with all the relevant authorities, opened  an office, established a lot of partnerships and raise over $ 250,000 in grants from major Governmental and Non-Governmental organizations in Washington for his institution.   Pa was also part of a 5 man board that organized Coalition of BIPOC leaders in Snohomish County. This 23 organization Coalition now serves as a very strong voice for the Black Indigenous People Of Color Communities and is well recognize by the county and other partners.

Pa Ousman Joof loves to network and build relationships with other community leaders. He attended several trainings, meetings seminars and workshops in the Non-profit industry in Washington where he builds relationships and learn best practices for his fellow community leaders. Through Pa Ousman’s dedication and leadership,  GTP was named the non-profit of the month of October 2020  by Washington Nonprofits  “Member Spotlight”.

Pa Ousman’s desire to support the youths of The Gambia and curb out unemployment led to him going back home in 2017 shortly after registering GTP in the United States. He opened a media house that trains young people in multi-media related skills. Between 2017 and 2020, GTTV trained over 150 young people in graphic design, web design, journalism, marketing, public speaking and videography.  GTTV is currently one of the top 6 most recognized media houses in The Gambia and takes pride in giving accurate and fair and balanced news to Gambians on a daily bases.

Pa Ousman also works part-time as an interpreter for the state of Washington and other agencies who need interpretation in Wollof and Mandinka.

On his free time,  Pa Ousman enjoys hanging out with his family and volunteering within his community.

Pa Ousman can be reached via email gambiantalentsusa@gmail.com or through his social media handles (Pa Ousman Joof)

Updated this 19th day of March 2021

PREPARED BY: Pa Ousman Joof