About Chioma Azi

 

 

Photo Sep 16, 7 12 37 PMChioma Azi is a community advocate, attorney and a strong voice for the African community in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Ms. Azi began her community advocacy work as a law student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she represented impoverished clients with the Defenders Association of Philadelphia and the Office of the Public Defender of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. She began her career as an attorney as a solo-practitioner handling a variety of legal matters including immigration, small business consulting and civil cases.

In 2012, she joined as a staff attorney at the African Cultural Alliance of North America Inc. (ACANA), a community-based non-profit organization that assists African and Caribbean immigrants in their resettlement in the United States. Through her leadership, Ms. Azi helped strengthen and grow the organization by expanding capacity in the legal department, assisting in grant writing and program development and implementation and overseeing the revitalization of arts and culture programming.

Ms. Azi has consulted with various local government entities including the Philadelphia City Council and the administration of former Mayor Michael Nutter on immigration and employment law policy issues.

In 2015, Ms. Azi was the recipient of the Exemplary Service Award from the Nigerian Lawyers Association for her “demonstrated a commitment to public service and has used legal expertise and skills to serve the needs of the members of the community at large.”

In addition to her legal work, Ms. Azi is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Philly Nigerian Professionals; a professional development and networking group that brings African students and professionals together for social, networking, charitable and volunteer events in and around the Philadelphia area.

Born to a Nigerian father and Ugandan mother in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Ms. Azi still makes her home in Philadelphia and also splits her time between Uganda and Nigeria.