Mingle with like-minded individuals
Make lifelong connections
Come build or expand your network
Make your Friday nights count
Engage with international professionals
The Young African Professionals (YAP) Network is a network of more than 10,000 young African professionals in the DC Metro Area, which provides a forum for professionals interested in Africa to engage with contemporary leaders in business, technology, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship; to network and discover opportunities among Africans; support Arts and Culture from the African Diaspora; and promote entrepreneurial activities among our members.
YAP was founded in 2002-2003 by African professionals Segeni Ngethe, Nimu Waweru, and Tega Shivute. A year later, it was managed by Ehui Adovor, who is credited for building the organization’s name and reputation in the Washington, D.C. Area.
The mission of YAP is to connecting young African professionals and harnessing the intellectual wealth of the African Diaspora for career development and opportunity creation.
YAP is managed and operated by volunteers who are dedicated to serving members and helping to fulfill the organization’s mission of connecting young African professionals and harnessing the intellectual wealth of the African Diaspora for career development and opportunity.
Margaret has over five years of experience in Intellectual Property, nonprofit management, and journalism. She is currently a Legal Assistant in the IP group at Miles & Stockbridge, P.C., a leading law firm with offices in the mid-Atlantic region and 18 practice areas. As a journalist she worked as a freelancer reporter for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine, where she reported on issues effecting minorities in higher education.
Margaret holds a Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University and a
Bachelors of Arts in Journalism and International Affairs from Northeastern University.
Aisha has over a decade of experience in non-profit management and consulting helping to shape and roll-out strategic initiatives across diverse stakeholder audiences, both domestic and international. She is currently a Management Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. She has worked across the non-profit, private, and public sector to include various U.S. federal government agencies, the Fund for Women Artists, Synergos, US Airways, and Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd (formerly Emerging Markets Group).
Aisha holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelors of Arts in Economics with a concentration in African Studies from Smith College.
Solomon has over 5 years of work experience in accounting processes and collections. He is currently an Accounting Associate at KIPP DC, a network of high-performing, college-preparatory public charter schools in Washington, D.C. Solomon is also a partner of DrumPulse Entertainment, and entertainment business that connect the African diaspora through social events, music and culture.
Solomon holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management and Operations from the University of South Florida.
John has over a decade of experience in IT, software engineering and development. He is currently a Principal Engineer at Alexander Street Press, an Alexandria-based company that blends the latest technology with exclusive content to transform the way people research, learn and teach. John has worked in both the private and public sectors for organizations that include the Library of Congress, Global Impact and ShermansTravel.
John holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the City University of New York-College of Staten Island.
Become a Volunteer
Do you have great ideas for YAP DC? Would you like to donate some of your time? Here, you are welcome to our team and you can work as a volunteer.
At first, you have to submit your information and apply for becoming a volunteer. We will review your information within a few days and then contact with you.
Place: Bukom Cafe
2442 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Columbia Heights (Green/Yellow, approx. 15 minute walk)
Woodley Park-Zoo/ Adams Morgan (Red, approx. 15 minute walk)
*Public Garage and Street Parking Available
Place: Eighteenth Street Lounge
1212 18th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
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