M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management
I was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and immigrated to the United States at the age of eight. I have grown up in San Diego, graduated from Alliant International University with a B.S. in International Business Administration. My past work experience began at Madison and Morse High Schools as a Youth Director.
For four years I enjoyed interacting with and influencing young people. I also worked with the Tariq Khamisa Foundation as an advocate addressing youth violence prevention and intervention.
How did you hear about SOLES and why did you choose to enroll?
I heard about SOLES through my mentor, Christy Wilson, Executive Director at the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. I chose to enroll because there are more educational resources I must acquire and they can only be attained through my diligence in developing new skill sets and a broader base of knowledge in the area of nonprofit management and leadership. I am excited about the program method of engaging both students and community through applied projects, where students provide technical support to nonprofit organizations in greater San Diego.
Are you currently working?
I currently work full time as Executive Director for The Neighborhood Unity Foundation located in southeastern San Diego.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
The Neighborhood Unity Foundation is located in a low-income, low-invested region. Of utmost importance to me as its Executive Director will be to develop effective long-term strategies to grow our capacity. This program will give me new insight and fresh perspectives with which to foster, develop and maintain the economic and social vitality we need.
What are your plans for after graduation?
As the Executive Director of a small nonprofit, I plan to form new partnerships to influence the direction and flow of essential information needed for my community. Since I am positioning myself to be a grassroots change agent, I carry the responsibility to dispense crucial knowledge as a mentor and a leader. I intend to share information as I acquire it to create an easier stream of access, thereby enabling the greater flow of essential resources into my community. My dream job is my current job.
Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective students?
I am amazing at the level of support given to incoming students by faculty staff, and graduates of the program. The methodology of teaching in this program is to challenge students on their preconception thoughts on the field of non profits, provide hands on experience through applied projects, and foster environment where they are building a long lasting relationship future partner throughout the region who are already engage in this work.