Dr. Kofi A. Boateng, is the Executive Director of West Harlem Development Corporation. WHDC is the organization that manages the $150 million Community Benefits Agreement between Columbia University and West Harlem. They are doing wonderful things such as awarding $14 million in grants to the community’s nonprofits, initiating employment and educational enrichment programs for youth and seniors; and assisting with workforce development and affordable housing. Prior to coming to WHDC, Dr. Boateng was the COO and Acting CEO of the World Trade Centers Association where he saw to several African countries joining, and to the opening of a World Trade Center in Accra, the capital of Ghana. He had previously served as the COO of The Africa-America Institute that has funded advanced degree education for thousands of Africans to study in the USA, including the father of President Barack Obama from Kenya. Previously he was the Executive Director of the National Puerto Rican Forum, and Director of Accounting at Prudential Insurance Company.
Dr. Boateng is a graduate of Yale University. He has a Master’s degree from Northeastern University, and a PhD in Management with a concentration in Finance from Walden University. His dissertation was nominated for a best dissertation award. Along the way he has founded several businesses including Traders International Inc., a commodities broker.
As the Chairman of New York City based Progressive Alliance Movement, Dr. Boateng led a suit filed in Accra High Court of Human Rights to compel Ghana's Electoral Commission to enforce the law that extends the franchise to vote from abroad to Ghanaians Living Abroad (Representation of the People Amendment Act - ROPAA). The court found in favor of the five applicants on December 18, 2017. Some call him "Kofi ROPAA" after the law in recognition of his persistence to see the law from passage to prospective implementation, spanning 12 years so far.