MEET OUR TEAM
Lasha Pierce MD (Co-Founder & Executive Director) is a medical doctor with a specialty in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is the author of African Children's Manifesto: The Race To Re-educate, Re-tool and Empower Our Children and Assistant professor of OB/GYN and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California at San Francisco. She is the current CEO of Wise Woman Health Services.
Lasha has spent over 25 years as a community organizer and community health advocate and has volunteered countless hours of instruction in science and health education to several independent community schools. She has designed curricula and training guidelines for, as well as proctored and mentored community midwives, advanced practice practitioners, medical students, medical residents and hospital volunteers. Dr. Pierce is a fellow of the African Scientific Institute.
Ajuana Black (Coordinator of Tutor Training for AFRE) brings a wealth of teaching and tutoring experience including over 20 years of classroom instruction, as well as experience teaching English as a second language. She has particular expertise in teaching performing arts, including theatre and vocal music. Ms. Black has a keen eye in identifying students' strengths as well as areas that need support academically and emotionally. Her former students have gone on to study a wide variety of subjects including science, philosophy, music and liberal studies at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country and abroad.
Imani Pierce-Nwagwu (Chief of Academics) is an Oakland native who is an educator and community advocate. With over 12 years experience she is a dedicated social justice warrior with grassroots work in youth health education, community youth literacy, and youth leadership. Imani’s dedication to teaching children has led her to work with a variety of educational programs including the Children’s Defense Fund, Galileo Innovation Camps, Leadership Excellence, the Lincoln Child Center and the Mosaic Project.
After receiving her BA in Liberal Studies from SFSU, and both her MA in Education and Multi-Subject credential from UC Berkeley, she now works as an elementary school teacher. Her passions are rooted in the understanding that we must always give back in order to move forward together. “The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself, but the ends you serve that are for all, in common, will take you into eternity”. -Marcus Garvey
Muslimah Mohammed (Director a San Francisco native, is a veteran educator with 28 years of classroom experience. She has taught in private, charter, as well as public schools in Oakland - all grades, K-12. She is currently serving as one of five consulting teachers for Oakland Unified School District tasked with instructional coaching of beginning teachers. She thrives in this role as she is able to help new teachers ‘connect’ more authentically with our scholars and see them as the light beings that they are.
Muslimah is first and foremost a student advocate. She knows that excellence dwells in all children and it is our responsibility to facilitate the discovery and evolution of their gifts. In addition to her wealth of experience in classroom pedagogy, she brings her great enthusiasm, infinite creativity, unwavering faith and deep abiding love to the AFRE community. She is honored to serve as the Director of Teacher Training.
Falating Nwagwu is an associate financial advisor with In Touch Financial Services. He is a community champion with a degree in International Business, with an emphasis in Finance. He is the founder of the Student Sports Alliance at Howard University, which helps aspiring sports business professionals network with professionals who have a vested career in sports business. During his time in Washington, D.C., Mr. Nwagwu served as a member of a nonpartisan nonprofit called IMPACT. In this organization, he served as a critical member of their fundraising efforts as well as their online employment solution for people seeking jobs and the employers who need great people.
His experience in team management and fundraising serves as a great asset to AFRE. As a product of independent education and the graduate of an HBCU, Mr. Nwagwu understands the value of creating safe spaces for our students to learn and grow.