Chioma 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.
Working as a certified legal intern, she represented impoverished clients with the Defenders Association of Philadelphia and the Office of the Public Defender of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in 2007 and 2008 respectfully.
After graduating from Duquesne in 2008, Ms. Azi began a career as a solo-practitioner handling a variety of legal matters including immigration, small business consulting and civil cases.
In 2012, she joined the African Cultural Alliance of North America Inc. (ACANA), a non-profit organization that assists African and Caribbean immigrants in their resettlement in the United States.
At ACANA, Ms. Azi has developed a strong background in various aspects of immigration law, specializing in family based applications, deportation (removal) defense, dual criminal and immigration issues, and complex cases.
In 2014 Ms. Azi testified before Philadelphia City Council in support of a proposed City of Philadelphia partial ban on cooperation with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement on detaining non-violent undocumented immigrants.
Also in 2014, Ms. Azi was selected by Mayor Michael Nutter to join a 15 member task force charged with making recommendations on paid sick leave in the City of Philadelphia.
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.
Now in its 6th year of existence, PNP has more than 100 members spread across the United States and Nigeria.
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.