Gerry Uba, PhD, President, left Nigeria for Toronto as an immigrant and eventually settled in Portland, where he worked with the Metro regional government in a variety of positions for over 30 years as a trained regional planner before retiring. His project development and program management roles included earthquake hazard mitigation, affordable housing issues, solid waste management, and land use management. Dr. Uba has also taught in the Urban Studies and Planning Department at Portland State University. He is now a Planning Commissioner with the City of Beaverton.
Highly invested in African community issues, Dr. Uba is a member and former chair of the IRCO Africa House Advisory Board, and has served on or chaired the boards of the Harambee Centre, Albina Community Development Corporation, and Franciscan Enterprises. He is also the founding president and current patron of Amiri International Development Union, a nonprofit involved in community development projects in villages in Nigeria.