Most recently, USRCA Secretary-General since December 2017. His proudest moment was hosting the successful Rwanda Cultural Day in San Francisco in September 2016. Served as President of the California Rwandan Community from its inception in 2012 and later presided over the creation of the Southern California community.
Serves as a Territory Account Manager in the Pharmaceutical Industry specializing in Infectious Diseases, HIV. Holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Development and Management. Focusing on what is possible in any organization to optimize the resources. Human Resources, Wellness and Engagement, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and how best to allocate and utilize talents within an organization.
His passion and objectives in this new role are to preserve the gains the community at large has attained since the inception of the USRCA and assist in the reversal of the divisiveness that tried to seep into our community. Possesses a high tolerance for ambiguity, however, has no tolerance for deliberate sabotage of what is good nor a lack of desire to build sustainable institutions.
Together we shall build the Rwandan Community each Rwandan residing in the United States deserves and desires.
Cathy Rwivanga, President of Rwanda Community Abroad in the DMV and Vise President USRCA2021-2023 is an avid community servant with 11 years of experience in Community Mobilization, event planning, and coordination, and hunger to motivate and inspire individuals in identifying their potential to continue and share this passion to serve others. This is the case in her professional life. Cathy will go to great lengths to ensure that she sees a satisfied client or individual in any transaction both business and personal.
Cathy is a proud mother to two amazing sons Dylan and Carsten “loves of my life” as she calls them and often supports her efforts to organize and mobilize the community and families.
A dynamic, forward-thinking professional with a history of delivering measurable results for a variety of employers and industries. Highly regarded for outstanding communication skills, dedication, and a commitment to following through on actions to ensure ongoing business and Organizational growth and success. Client and relationship management specialist, with key knowledge in competitive intelligence, sales, service, and information technology with a focus on information security.
Karenzi David Muganza
Newly elected Secretary-General of the USRCA for a 2-year term, March 6th, 2021. Currently serving my last term as the President of the Atlanta Rwandan Community (RCA-Atlanta).
I am a Software Engineer based in the Atlanta metropolitan area. I hold a Computer Science degree from Grambling State University, an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), located in Grambling, Louisiana.
My objective, as Secretary-General of the USRCA, is to ensure stronger, consistent, and timely communication between the USRCA, the regional RCAs, and the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States of America. I believe that through this communication, we will better understand the needs of local communities and work together to address them, thereby helping them strengthen themselves and their place in their communities, after all the USRCA is only as strong as the collective strength of the communities it represents.
My hope is that when our term is done, we have instituted processes and policies that will facilitate the efficient, transparent, and ethical functioning of USRCA leaderships to come.
Pierre Uwimana was originally born and raised in Rwanda and he is a happily married man. His various skills in accounting, finance, and program management allowed him to work in numerous roles within leadership in the Rwandan government and international nonprofit organizations in Rwanda, Haiti and the United States of America. Pierre has a passion to empower the most vulnerable to come out of issues affecting their lives as shown in various roles and achievements. He has demonstrated various leadership skills and his life principles are founded on humility and servant leadership.
In his professional life, he has held many roles, which include Program Expert in Rwanda’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Deputy Managing Director of Rwanda Investment and Export Agency, Executive Secretary of Kigali City, Director of Programs for World Relief Rwanda and Country Director for World Concern Haiti. In January of 2014, Pierre and his family moved to Jacksonville so he could be the Finance Director at World Relief Jacksonville. He is currently running his own business in Real Estate.
In his tenure in these various roles, he has seen various lives of the needy beneficiaries lifted to a satisfactory life-changing level, and he strives to keep seeing the lives of his community changed and uplifted.
Newly elected USRCA knowledge & skills leader for 2 year-term March 6, 2021. Currently, I am the president of RCA of southern California and an active member for over 30 years. Aeronautical Engineer by trade with 30 plus years in Aerospace, Aviation, and defense.
A leading sales and marketing team for domestic and international, including two international assignments in Europe for four years and the Middle East for 4 years. Directly contributed to improving revenue generation with top fortune 500 companies including resource optimization for companies such as Woodward Inc., Santa Clarita- California, Textron Systems and Parker Aerospace, Irvine – California, and EDGE (Advanced Military Repair and Overhaul Center (MRO) in Abu Dhabi – UAE.
My past experience will allow me to network with industry sectors such as manufacturing, Education, Healthcare, Aviation, trade, and Agriculture to transfer knowledge and skills to Rwanda in a move aimed at boosting investments and growth in Rwanda.
Through my passion for giving back to my mother country especially now and during the POST-COVID economy in Rwanda. This will need to create jobs through local manufacturing. This initiative will create employment for the youth and provide a knowledge transfer and sustainment economy.
Jeanne Uwamaliya, recently elected as Gender and Women for the USRCA. Also previously held Gender and Women Commissioner position for DMV-RCA for the previous 4 years. Currently working as an Office Administrator for Infina Ltd. A woman-owned business in McLean, VA, currently servicing the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Organization.
Jeanne’s academic background is in Business Administration which has been my fuel enabling her to excel in her current role. She is a believer that to be a champion, is to see the big picture. It is not about winning and losing. It is rather everyday hard work, thriving on a challenge without fear or quitting.
Her goals and aspirations for this new role will enhance my previous relationships and by continuing the establishment and partnership with the community and organizations that made a huge impact financially in our previous events.
She would like to emphasize gender equality by facing every challenge of reducing poverty and promoting sustainable development and building good governance. Jeanne is a mother of three amazing young adults (Joel, Jeremie, and Gabrielle) who are her daily inspiration. As president Kagame has mentioned “All For One, One For All, We will excel the Lord is on our side.
Roger Remera, a documentary/filmmaker focuses his work on human rights issues around the world. He wants to fight ignorance and injustice by telling the untold stories of the voiceless through his lenses. His hope is that people will learn from people in conflict zones around the world. He is especially interested in Africa where he is from as a survivor of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
His experience in America has been in the humanitarian sector, where he worked with different non-profits organizations. Mr. Remera’s work has included education with the American Friends Service Committee in the Peace Building Unit-Africa Program in Philadelphia. Roger has been working as a mitigation specialist for the Center for Capital Assistance where he conducts defense investigations for people who are standing trial for murder or who are on death row. Simultaneous with that he worked as a psychology technician/interviewer in a neuropsychology practice also focused on mitigation of penalty phase murder convictions and appeals.
Mr. Remera was an invited speaker to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland when they re-launched the United Nations Moratorium on Executions. He has spoken on college campuses, in school classrooms, and has filmed in the US on homelessness crisis and police officer shootings in the Bay Area.
Currently, Mr. Remera is a leader of the Rwandan Community in Northern California and has taken time out as a single parent to raise his 11years-old daughter.
Cyusa Ntwali came to the FM area in the fall of 2010 to attend Concordia College. Cyusa has lived in Rwanda, Switzerland, Ethiopia, Guinea, and France. His traveling experiences have helped him in making this world a smaller and simpler place to live in. He currently works for the Fargo Jet Center as the International Business Development and is interested in community development and nurturing global citizenship.
Double majored in Communication and Spanish at Concordia College in Moorhead (MN); Graduated in Dec 2014. Getting his Masters at North Dakota State University in the communication department with a research focus in Strategic Communication of Global companies doing business on the African continent.