Arts Leadership Award Program

Catherine Ndungu-Case

Representing Alameda County Supervisorial District Four —

Catherine Ndungu-Case of Pleasanton, is the founder and CEO of Cheza Nami Foundation in Pleasanton. Cheza Nami (which means, “come play with me” in Swahili) was founded in 2011 to encourage young people’s appreciation of the rich culture of Africa through active exploration of African dance, drumming and play. Cheza Nami envisions a culturally diverse world where individuals of all ages can embrace the concept of global citizenship and understand the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. The programs teach children and remind adults that music, dance, and an open mind are essential ingredients for a beautiful life, where people of all backgrounds can reach across their differences to find a joyful common ground. The organization serves the Pleasanton School District as well as many other schools, community centers, libraries, and retirement homes in Pleasanton and East Alameda County.