Running in the Oklahoma elections in 2020, Kojo Asamoa-Caesar is a first-generation American, the son of a certified nursing assistant and a taxi driver who were drawn to the United States from Ghana by the call of the American Dream. Driven by his mother’s strength and encouragement, Kojo excelled in school and went on to study Communications at Old Dominion University, where he was elected student body president and founded T.R.U.S.T., an organization dedicated to developing young adults as positive change agents in their communities.
Kojo then went on to study law at the College of William & Mary, the oldest law school in the United States. After graduating, rather than entering a career in law, Kojo decided to join Teach for America, which brought him to Tulsa as a kindergarten teacher in 2013. His students saw significant growth in their reading scores, and he was ultimately named Teacher of the Year at his school site after just his second year of teaching.
After spending time studying education policy as a Fellow with the Urban Leaders Fellowship, Kojo was asked to serve as the founding principal of Greenwood Leadership Academy, an elementary school in North Tulsa, founded in 2017 as part of a partnership between the Met Cares Foundation and Tulsa Public Schools. There he recruited, hired and managed a staff of 25 to operate a school serving over 250 students.
Most recently, Kojo served as interim executive director at 36 Degrees North, a co-working space that serves as Tulsa’s basecamp for entrepreneurs, serving over 500 members representing over 47 different industries.
He lives in the Ogan’s Circle neighborhood with his wife, Onikah, newborn baby girl Hadassah, and their two rescue dogs, Simba and Zazu.