Intergovernmental Affairs Officer
Officer of the Prince George’s County Executive
It’s not unusual for Pokuaa Owusu-Acheaw to be not only the only person of color in the room where policy decisions are being made, but the only woman and, at 29, the youngest person.
It’s a role she relishes.
“I do not take my professional success for granted, and I purposefully use my seat at the table to advocate for people who often do not have the access or the opportunity to step in the esteemed halls of political power,” she said.
“It always brings me joy when a young black girl comes up to me shocked that someone who looks like her, with big curly hair and a ‘unique’ name, helps decision-makers come up with policy.”
Born in Washington and educated in Prince George’s County, Owusu-Acheaw earned her law degree at the University of Baltimore School of Law, in 2015.
She has worked as legislative director and chief of staff for state Sen. Joanne Benson, D- Prince George’s, regional director for Sen. Chris Van Hollen, and, since December 2018, intergovernmental affairs officer for Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, all Democrats.
Owusu-Acheaw is a board member of several organizations, including the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, Planned Parenthood in Maryland and IMPACTdmv, a nonprofit organization that provides 14- to 30-year-olds with resources that promote intellectual, artistic and social growth.
Her proudest professional achievement, she said, was helping to secure some $1.5 billion in state funding for Prince George’s County during the 2018 General Assembly Session – the most state money ever for the county.
“I am inspired and live by the belief that everyone has a superpower that can save the world,” Owusu-Acheaw said. “My superpower is my ability to look at the big picture and connect the dots between policy and practical everyday life.
“I have used my knowledge of public policy and connections to influential stakeholders to connect people and organizations to the appropriate resources during their most dire time of need. This skill has fueled my success as a policy professional and community builder, while also opening doors for others.”