Tell us a little bit about your background and why you joined Workforce Matters.

I recently joined World Education Services as the Senior Director of the Mariam Assefa Fund, leading the team and its philanthropic efforts in the US and Canada.  Our team seeks to build inclusive communities where immigrants, refugees, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) individuals and communities can thrive. Before joining the Fund, I had the privilege of working with and on behalf of refugee and immigrant communities for over 15 years in several capacities. As a child of immigrants, I have always desired to build welcoming and inclusive communities and systems that center equity. 

What is something people might not know about you?

I have lived in several different countries, including Cote d’Ivoire and Chad, as well as several states in the US.  This has really influenced how I view the world and has inspired a deep desire to see more of the world.  I love to travel, try new foods, and experience different cultures.  

What is something you are looking forward to in 2023?

I am looking forward to working with colleagues at the Mariam Assefa Fund and in the philanthropic sector to shift power to proximate leaders and communities.  I am very much looking forward to learning from and with the Workforce Matters Steering Committee as we work together to move our agenda forward.