Mjiba Frehiwot is the Director of Education and Training for the NAACP. Mjiba completed her PhD in African Studies at Howard University and her dissertation was titled: Education and Pan-Africanism, A case study of Ghana 1957-1966. She made her first trip to Ghana, West Africa in 1996 when she participated in the W.E.B. Dubois Scholarship program at San Jose State University and since then her life work professionally, politically and personally has been connected to the African continent and African people world-wide. Moreover, she is committed to eradicating the oppression of all of humanity one step at a time.
Professionally, Ms. Frehiwot began her service as a Program Manager for an AmeriCorps program in San Francisco. She then worked for 6 years with Unity Health Care, Inc. where she established, managed and directed the Department of Volunteer and Community Programs. As the Director she managed a full-scale volunteer program, AmeriCorps program, Internship program and planned large and small scale Community Events geared towards providing resources for the underserved communities of Washington, DC. Most recently, Ms. Frehiwot was the National AmeriCorps Program Manager at Goodwill Industries International, Inc. where she managed a National AmeriCorps Program.
Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., Ms. Frehiwot graduated from California State University Sacramento with a Master of Social Work and San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and African-American Studies.