EACS is supported by a vibrant, comitted Board of Directors
Mohamed Ahmed: Board Chair
Mohamed Ahmed is a Technical Support Engineer at T-mobile for the Converged Messaging team. Mohamed received his a M.B.A. from University of Phoenix and a B.S. in Math/Statistics from the University of Washington. he has been involved with the East African community in Seattle for the past 15 years and a board member since 2013.
Attorney Tamar Zere is the Deputy Manager of the Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) with the Office for Civil Rights at the City of Seattle. She is also n anti-racist organizer with the Village of Hope. Tamar is committed to the important work of East African Community Services and knows that investing in our Black youth is critical to our collective liberation
Ubax Gardheere works at the City of Seattle as Equitable Strategies Manager in the Office of Planning and Community Development. She currently oversees the $16 million the City is investing in community-based organizations working in Seattle on anti-displacement strategies and economic development opportunities through the City of Seattle’s Equitable Development Initiative. Ubax serves as a Governance Group Member for Communities of Opportunity, a multi-million dollar, cross-sector initiative aimed at creating systems change across King County to address equitable health, housing and economic opportunity. She has worked extensively with the East African refugee/immigrant community in Washington State for over 15 years as an organizer, lobbyist, human rights advocate and Resource Development Director. She is the Co-founder of Culturally Appropriate and Responsive Education Center.
Mohamed Nuur is a Sr. Software Architect and a team leader at SpaceX for the past 5 years. Before that worked as a Software Engineer at Amazon and Expedia before that. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from Washington State University in 2007. He has over seventeen years’ industry experience building world class software for some of the biggest companies in the United States. Mohamed is passionate about promoting and raising awareness of technology and the opportunities that come with it to Somalis (and more generally, people of color). Mohamed is married with two children. In his spare time, he mentors young kids and introduces them to programming and other technologies.
Hadis Ali: Board Member
Hadis Ali is a Senior Staff Accountant at Deloitte & Touche, where he is also the President of the Black Employee Network. Through the network, he leads a diversity initiative within the company. Hadis has a Bachelor degree in Accounting and Information system from the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business. He is a champion of diversity and has been an active member within the local Somali community in their efforts to encourage and inspire Somali students to complete their education.
Abdi Idan felt it was the time to give back and be a part of a positive cause. He grew up in Federal way Washington and attended federal way high school, where he was the only east African student for the first 3 years. I went on to attend South Seattle Community College once my family moved to the Rainier beach area. There, he was introduced to a large number of Somali, Ethiopian, Oromo, Eritrean, and minorities in general. After completing his Associates of Arts degree, he transferred to the University of Washington and studied Social work with a minor in business. He has always had a desire to create or obtain a career where in alignment with his life purpose: to help those in need. Most recently, he worked for Refugee Woman’s Alliance (REWA) as a Community Jobs Case Manager. Currently, I work for Amazon headquarters as a sourcing recruiter where I help people obtain careers, majority of it being in