Taught by her father and mother at an early age to value and uphold faith, family, education and humanity in life, Mufalo Chitam of Zambian descent was raised in Lusaka, Zambia with five brothers and four sisters. A Public Administration Bachelor of Arts graduate from the University of Zambia, Mufalo worked for an American based non-profit organization Child Fund International, in the outskirts of the capital city Lusaka, providing health, educational, and nutritional support for about 500 families with children ranging from ages 2-18 years old. Mufalo has been connecting people and resources ever since.
It was just a matter of time before she would continue doing the same. Mufalo, since coming to America in 2000, has worked for the University of Southern Maine, United Way of Greater Portland, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Kidney Foundation, Easter Seals Maine, American Red Cross and Granite Bay Care. She has over 17 years of extensive professional experience in: Event Management & Logistics planning, Customer Service, Sales Client Case Resolutions & Office Management, Project & Program Management, Marketing & Public Relations, Financial Development, Volunteer Leadership & Supervision, and Fundraising and Development. Currently, she is the new Executive Director of the Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition.
A member of Emmanuel Assemblies of God Church, Mufalo and her husband Frank Chitam, an IT Consultant at tkc. Co in Portland live in South Portland, Maine and they have a beautiful daughter, Grace who is currently studying at American University in Washington DC. Mufalo is the former Vice Board Chair of Prosperity Maine and founder of the annual Empower the Immigrant Woman Conference, Empower Maine Women Network Group and former owner of Etukis LLC. She has served as board member of the Maine Women’s Policy Center and founded and organized the Beauty in Colors Hair Show (BIC) to benefit WISE Zambia as well as was the event consultant for Black History Month Maine’s Hidden Figures. Currently she serves on the Creative Portland Board of Directors.
Mufalo was featured in the Maine Women’s Magazine 2018 March issue as one of the Women Who Inspire and honored with the Community award at the Maine Women’s Fund Leadership Luncheon and with a Leadership Excellence Award by her Zambian Community at Mwape Peers Award in New York. She was one of the inaugural DisruptHR! Portland 1:0 Speakers of 2018 and was in the Maine Policy Review journal of June 2018, “Our Path: Empower Maine Women Network and Leadership.” In 2019 she was featured Maine Magazine’s annual 50 Mainers issue “Creating a brighter future for the state,” and in the Down East Magazine November 2019 issue “Maine Gives Back” as one of Mainers and organizations making the state better. She is currently featured in the Maine Public Bicentennial’s “This is My Maine.”
As a community leader Mufalo is helping to change and improve the lives of Maine’s immigrants and creating opportunities to better their tomorrow as get to know and help one another while finding themselves.