Today on ULAA Spotlight We are featuring Mr. Joseph Sawo. 

Mr. Joseph Sawo is a Liberian entrepreneur, consultant, and a champion for all things Liberia, with a focus on empowering the Liberian youth. He has dedicated his time to advocating for education and entrepreneurship resources for Liberians in Liberia and in the diaspora. 

Joe, as he is affectionately called, came to the United States of America as a young child and lived in Bucks County, a suburb of Philadelphia. Joe’s inspiration in public service, especially to his fellow Liberians began when he was a student.

Joe attended Bucks County Community College where he studied Business Administration and served as Student Government Association President. There he was the liaison between the board of trustees and a student body of over 10,000 students.  After graduating from Bucks County Community College, he moved to Columbus, Ohio to study at The Ohio State University. At Ohio State, Joe held numerous student Leadership positions and led numerous student advocacy objectives in the fight for social justice and mentorship of young Africans. 

After Graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in Political science and economics, Joe went on to earn his MBA and a Masters in Cybersecurity from Webster’s University completing a total of six (6) degrees. 

Joe continued his service in the community by serving in the United States Air Force. Joe also proudly worked as the Director for Education Services for Libraries for Liberia Foundation where he led the efforts of shipping over 15,000 books to Liberia in partnerships with the United States Department of Defense, The Liberian Girls Guides association, and the Liberian Vice President office. 

Moreover, he served as an ambassador for The Village improvement project and is a Founding Board Member for The Cleopatra Broh Foundation. 

As a founding board member, Joe helped  to provide educational empowerment for the program’s inaugural class of 24 teenage mothers to ensure they complete their high school education and equip the young women with public health skills to serve their community. 

In his pledge of continuous service, Joe currently serves on the building committee for Liberians in Columbus Inc (LICI) where the community plans to build a 1.5 Million dollar Liberian Community Center. 

He also serves as parliamentarian for the Federation of Liberian Associations in Ohio (FOLAO) the governing organization for all Liberians organizations in Ohio.

With a passion for real estate and community development, in his spare time Joe also serves as a Founding Partner at Community Blooming Realty, a real estate startup.

With a commitment to life-long service to others, Joe believes “it is important for Liberians to be involved in our communities, to shape the future, maintain our culture, and cultivate a new generation of leaders to take our country forward because only Liberians will save Liberia.” 

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