Our Team


Asukulu Songolo (he/him)

Founder Executive Director

Asukulu is a child of refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is himself an immigrant to America from Zambia (where he was born). He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his parents and five siblings. He is a junior at Central Catholic High School in southeast Portland. In his free time, he enjoys writing poetry, reading, as well as spending time with friends and family. He founded the Congo Peace Project through his passion to not be silent to the continuous corruption, violence, and strife happening every day in the D.R. Congo. In the future, Asukulu hopes to study global business with a focus on social impact and entrepreneurship--in hopes of becoming a social entrepreneur. 

Invite Asukulu to speak at your event/school and/or for press interviews by reaching out to asukulu@congopeaceproject.org 

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M’munga Songolo (pronouns)

Associate Director



Pallas Lake (she/her)

Outreach and Expansion Director

Pallas was born in Portland, Oregon to a Detroit native and a North Marion alumni. She currently lives in Portland with her Dad, Mom, Stepdad and younger brother. Pallas is currently a sophomore at Cleveland High School in southeast Portland. In her free time, Pallas makes art, listens to music, or cheers on her school as a cheerleader. Pallas joined the Congo Peace Project because of her deep passion for social justice and education. Pallas hopes to study the arts and become a graphic designer or possibly a civil rights attorney.


Laila Vickers (she, her, hers)

Social Media and Communications Director

Laila Vickers is a 15 year old who is attending Central Catholic High School as a freshman. She is a writer who has had a 10 min play win regionals with OCT Playwrights for change. Who has also won her middle school slam poetry competition champion in 2019. She is an actress who has performed in over 10 productions at Da Vinci middle school. She was nominated and awarded The O.A.B.S.E, and Young Gifted, and Black. She organized and performed in her school's first annual Black history celebration and assembly with Da Vinci’s BSU. She is an avid reader and enjoys books that deal with real world problems and are packed with complex and multifaceted themes. She lives in North-east Portland with her mother, her future aspirations is to become a chemistry major and teach chemistry for the high school level.


Erandi Jones Vega (she/her)

Event and Volunteer Coordinator 


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