Americas Regional Forum Deputy Chairperson & USA ChairpersonWashington DC, USA
Americas Regional Forum Deputy Chairperson & USA Chairperson
Washington DC, USA
Ntokozo Malope Ngcobo was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland USA. She is the daughter of former exiled African National Congress Anti-Apartheid Activists, Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo and Mr. Bongani John Ngcobo. Ntokozo’s political work had started since she was young being involved with the Anti-Apartheid Movement in Baltimore, MD with her parents. Ntokozo graduated from Baltimore City College High School in Baltimore, MD, USA. Ntokozo received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and International Relations at Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD.
She has since worked as an Intern with the Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Campaignfor Mayor in Baltimore in 2011. In 2012, she was the Volunteer Coordinator for the President Barack Obama Presidential Campaign in Baltimore, MD. In 2014, Ntokozo was a Field Organizer for the Maryland Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign for Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for Governor in Baltimore, MD. She has also been involved with the was involved with the Chrid Van Hollen for U.S Senate as a Field Organizer in Baltimore, MD. Currently, Ntokozo is the Regional Field Director for Baltimore City and Eastern Shore for the Maryland Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign.
USA Deputy ChairpersonNew York, USA
USA Deputy Chairperson
New York, USA
Antonio Garcia is currently a Program Manager at AFS-USA in New York City. He has previously served in the South African National Defence Force as an officer and senior officer for 16 years. During his service he has been deployed in two peacekeeping missions, in the DRC (MONUSCO) and Darfur (UNAMID), serving as a brigade military engineer staff officer and regimental combat engineer troop commander respectively. Having held various command and staff positions at field and HQ levels, he has also served in internal and regional missions.
Antonio has also worked at the intersection of training; research and development; and doctrine and policy. As a visiting lecturer he has taught at Durham University (UK) and New York University as well as at various military colleges and schools, He also holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of South Africa and is a PhD candidate at Stellenbosch University. Antonio has published in academic and professional journals, and has also published in poetry and literature anthologies. He is also a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, certified Chartered Geographer (RGS-IBG), Project Management Professional (Project Management Institute) and visiting scholar at New York University, Centre on International Cooperation.
USA SecretaryNew York, USA
New York, USA
Zinhle Mthembu is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management at Monroe College in New Rochelle. Prior to this, in 2016, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Science from UNISA. She currently works as an au pair while studying full-time.
USA Committee MemberNapa, USA
USA Committee Member
Born and raised in Gauteng, South Africa, Barend and his family moved to the United States on an inter-company transfer. What they thought would be a three year adventure morphed into residency and then becoming dual citizens of the United States and South Africa. However, while Barend made a new home in the United States, South Africa has always remained in his heart.
A sense of responsibility to help the people of South Africa drove Barend to educate his local community of Napa by connecting them with the community of Tugela Ferry in South Africa. With help and support from his American and South African communities, he helped carry out a number of humanitarian programs, including the delivery of food parcels, the creation of several self-sustaining projects within the community (such as veggie tunnels and low cost chicken farming), and sponsoring the visits of American dentists and doctors to Tugela Ferry to deliver medical care to the community.
Barend still has many family and friends back home in South Africa, and makes frequent visits to the country. From what he has witnessed, and through the conversations he’s had, it has become clear that the DA is most aligned with his values and those shared by Nelson Mandela. Barend’s goal now is to support the DA in its campaigns and efforts so that South Africans can rebuild their country on a foundation of mutual respect and love foreach other, rather than tear one another down through division and hatred.