Eric Opoku Agyemang is the Program Manager of the Community Leadership Institute (CLI) at Puget Sound Sage, Seattle, Washington. He manages a 6-month fellowship program that resources, trains, and places emerging leaders from low-income communities and communities of color to serve on strategic municipal boards and commissions within the Washington State.
Prior to joining Sage, Eric served as the co-founder and executive director of the Cheerful Hearts Foundation, a non-profit that uses community-based interventions to address child trafficking in the Ghanaian fishing industry. Additionally, he served as the national coordinator of the Patriots Ghana, a national organization that promotes youth leadership and active citizen engagement in Ghana, West Africa. Aside from presenting his research at the various international conference including the United Nations, his work has been featured in national and international news including the Guardian, BBC, and Al Jazeera.
Since 2011, Eric served as the country coordinator for the University of Washington’s Sankofa Study Abroad program that focuses on identity development for predominantly African Americans. Aside from serving on the city of Seattle’s “Our Best” Advisory Council, Eric recruits, trains, and deploy black male adults to mentor black youth in Seattle. In 2015, he served as a fellow of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) as a recognition for his active community engagement, leadership, and commitment to serving the underserved communities. Eric holds a Masters in Social Work – Policy and Administration from the University of Washington, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from the Methodist University College, Ghana.