Executive Team

PAN Executive Team

Progressive African Network's (PAN) Executive Management Team

Hashim Siraji

Co-Founder, President


Hashim, originally from Somalia is a longtime resident of Cambridge, MA. He is one PAN's original Co-Founders.

Hashim is currently a technology entrepreneur, Co-Founder of a tech start-up based in Newton, MA and a long time community organizer in Boston, esp. in Roxbury neighborhood. Hashim has a long history of volunteer work in voter registeration drives in multiple political campaigns. In 2009, Hashim Co-found United Somali Youth, Inc. and was most recently the Interim Executive Director of Africans in Boston, Inc.
Community Organizer, Technology & Social Entrepreneur

Leonard Tshitenge

Co-Founder, Executive Director


Leonard, originally from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a long Massachusetts resident (Boston & South Shore), is one of the original Co-Founders of PAN

Well known as “Afroblues” in the Boston Poetry Community, Leonard Tshitenge is a dynamic and engaging Poet, Master of Ceremony, Speaker, Youth Worker, Community Organizer and dedicated Father. Leonard uses his poetry to advocate for underprivileged Continental Africans and for the people in the Eastern Congo impacted by the Congo’s Wars, The deadliest War since World War II. He is currently involved with Stand with Congo Campaign launched by House of Cards Star Robin Wright; a campaign with Congolese and American activists to end the pillage of Congo’s vast mineral resources. He is the Founder of Consciously Exposed Café, a monthly community forum in Boston's African-American and African Diaspora community, open to all demographics.

Poet, Activist & Social Entrepreneur