Meet the Team
The Dreams of our Ancestors are realized as the collective children from around the Diaspora who have come together to utilize their talents, experience and networks to move Liberia Forward.
BOARD | FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Sgt. Lawrence Kwame Totimeh Jr. is a Combat Veteran, Educator, Entrepreneur, Community Activist, Founder & CEO of Liberia Forward. Based out of Los Angeles, CA, his passion is to see a thriving Liberia in which its children would be afforded the same opportunities he was granted growing up in America.
His Journey started at an HBCU named Virginia State University where he would channel his ability to bring students & organizations together to achieve common goals from increasing student enrollment, multiple annual campus events to increase community involvement, and leading initiatives from voting to health and social awareness campaigns. A three time graduate, Mr. Totimeh holds his Masters in Career and Technical Studies from the school of Engineering and Technology at Virginia State University, a certification in Project Management, and Bachelors in Education.
In 2011 Sgt. Totimeh would go to war and serve as a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter Doorgunner in Baghdad, Iraq where he would receive multiple awards and become a decorated US Army Veteran.
His honors include the Defense Service Medal // Global War on Terrorism Service Medal // Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star // Army Service Ribbon // Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device // Air Medal.
After spending nearly a decade working in the education field from Virginia to DC to California (Teaching English, Physical Education, Serving as a Junior Administrator, Coaching Football, Track, and led a women's basketball team to their first a City Champion in 34 years since the great Cynthia Cooper in 1985), Kwame knows what truly builds culture and drives community —and prides himself on being a catalyst to any project he is a part of.
A life-long learner, he has taught himself photography, videography & editing, marketing, & established a successful clothing line - Black Excellence - that is not only sold across the US but also in Canada & West Africa, to name a few.
His life mission is to inspire others to find the creator within themselves to move their communities forward through selfless service, integrity, and leadership.