Jefferson T. Koijee
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Jefferson T. Koijee is the City Mayor of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, since March 2018. Prior to this, he served as National Youth Chairman for the Revolutionary National Youth League of Liberia’s ruling party, the Coalition for Democratic Change, where he worked as the leader of over one million young Liberians. He currently serves as the National Secretary General of the ruling party. From 2008 to 2010, he worked for the Federation of Liberian Youth, the umbrella organization for all youth groupings in Liberia, as the Montserrado County. He is one of the founding organizers of the National High School Student Union of Liberia (NIHISUL) and served as its’ first president.
He earned a BPA degree in Public Administration, University of Liberia and also a candidate for a BBA degree in Management, the Stella Maris Polytechnic. In 2017, he received a Certificate of Achievement from the International Visitor Leadership Program, United States Department of State, based in Washington D.C., USA.
Currently, he is the president of the Association of Mayors of Local Government Authorities of Liberia (AMLOGAL), an associate organization of the Untied Cities and Local Government Authorities (UCLG) of Africa, and the Global Covenant of Mayors.
Mayor Koijee is presently serving his second term as an Executive Member of the Global Parliament of Mayors. This tenure runs for three years.
In 2020, his colleagues from around Africa, elected him to the International Council for Local Environmental Initiative (ICLEI) Africa Committee. ICLEI is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional government committed to sustainable urban development.
At the outbreak of the coronavirus global health crisis, he organized the Anti-CoVid 19 Taskforce and recruited over 8500 volunteers for advocacy and community-based intervention and operations in the battle against the coronavirus within and outside of Monrovia.
In 2017, he was the Inspirational Speaker at the Induction of the Corps of Officers –Joseph Jenkins Roberts Scholarship Students Association, Monrovia; and a Visiting Speaker on Human Rights at the Washington and Lee University, Virginia, United States of America, 2016.
For over the last 10 years before the 2017 presidential elections and the coming to office the current Liberia government, he was and continues to be a staunch advocate for youth empowerment and social justice. As a youth activist, he organized many youth-driven and youth-centered programs that provided opportunities for vulnerable people and deprived communities. This record established him as a national opinion leader in the country, long before becoming the mayor of Monrovia.
A record of his leadership roles includes, among others:
Member , Joint Presidential Transitional Team , Republic of Liberia , from 2017 to 2018
Member, Governing Council , Coalition for Democratic from 2017 to present
Chairman, Nationwide Primaries Steering Committee , Coalition for Democratic Change in 2017
Head of Party Auxiliaries – Congress for Democratic Change from 2010 -2012
Program Officer – Civic Initiative , Monrovia , Liberia
Founder – Intellectual Response Unit , Congress for Democratic Change
President – Progressive Revolutionary Council
Member – Council of Forerunners ,Liberia Children’s Parliament (LCP) , Monrovia Liberia from 2006 -2008
To his credit, he has earned for himself several accolades which include Young Ambassador of Peace by the Universal Peace Federation & Youth Federation for World Peace; Most Influential Young Personality of the Year by the Liberia Youth Award; Most Influential Youth Leader of the Year by the Congress for Democratic Change; and African Youth Role Model Personality of the Year by the Face of Trek of Africa.
He is also a recipient of the Africa’s Patriotic Personality Awards by League of African Development Students (LEADS); and the African Governance Award by the Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards (HAPAWARDS).
As the Mayor of Monrovia and head of the City Government of Monrovia, he leads charge of social and urban governance activities that affect all communities and people in the city.
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