Founder and Executive Director
King Country Immigrant and Refugee Commissioner
Master’s in Public Administration – University of Washington
Senior Management Analyst – Office of Inspector General
As a dedicated public servant, advocate, and leader, Issa founded the West African Community Council to support the West African refugee and immigrant community in King County. Issa believes success is measured by one’s ability to uplift others, which is why after emigrating to Washington State from Senegal, he built a life dedicated to helping other immigrants and refugees realize their full educational and professional potential. Click here to read more…
Our Board of Directors is comprised of West African immigrants who know first hand what it’s like to navigate King County as a newly arrived citizen. Their courage and resilience has created opportunity and made them trusted voices and leaders of the West African community. Our board fully represents the West African and the refugee and immigrant population, and they are committed to improving outcomes for the future of our community and culture here in the greater Seattle area.
Empowering our community through advocacy, education, employment, and citizenship opportunities.
A bright future for all immigrants and refugees.
West African Community Council’s staff and leadership represents over 90% BIPOC community members, empowered to make a positive change within King County’s refugee and immigrant communities.
Partners and Country Associations
West African Community Council partners with 16 local West African Country Associations including Malian, Guinean, Senegalese, Ivorian, Nigerian, Gambian, Liberian, Burkina Faso, Mauritanian, Guinea-Bissau, Benin, Cape Verde, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Togo and Niger. Joint collaboration with our fellow West African associate organizations unites our various cultures and languages, and allows us to provide a more tailored service program to our community members. Through these partnerships we are able to accurately represent West African immigrants in King County, as well as share resources, information, and referrals to expand the scope of our work and the measurable impact within the King County immigrant and refugee community.
In addition to our West African country associates, we have built strong relationships with City and State government bodies, securing a seat at the table where community decisions and efforts are designed, so that we can advocate needs and dismantle barriers within our community. Through these connections we are able to leverage public dollars to create equitable change within West African and newly arrived immigrant and refugee communities. We are incredibly thankful for the work that we’ve accomplished with the help of our dear partners whose logos we’ve posted below.