2014 Young African Committed to Excellence
Encouraging Rural Development in Africa
"In my current position as a special assistant in the Office of the Secretary of State, I have had the privilege of working with two Secretaries of State (Hillary Clinton and John Kerry). As a young woman of African descent and as a first-generation college graduate, my personal background provides a unique set of experiences. Although, it is sometimes challenging not being able to identify colleagues with shared experiences or physical appearances, I recognize that this is what makes my perspective unique. This perspective adds value to the promotion of diversity within the Department, also providing input of my personal experiences to influence foreign policy." - Deniece Oppong-Yeboah
Deniece Oppong-Yeboah currently serves as a Special Assistant to Secretary of State John Kerry. She has traveled to more than 50 countries across the globe, supporting U. S. foreign policy overseas. She began her career at the U.S. Department of State as an intern in the Bureau of African Affairs and the Bureau for Democracy Human Rights and Labor. Ms. Yeboah is a staunch advocate of promoting African rural development and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Oduko Boatemaa Foundation (OBF), a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the lives of youth in the small rural town of Mampong-Ashanti, Ghana.