East African Community Services is growing with an energetic, strong team of professionals.



Munira Mohamed, M.B.A,  Managing  Director








Join us as we welcome our New Managing Director, Munira Mohamed!  Munira hails from Somalia by way of North Dakota and brings over 15 years of non-profit experience to EACS.  As a proud Somali mother, her ties to our communities are unwavering.  Munira obtained her MBA with a strong emphasis in Human Resources from the University of Phoenix.  Additionally, Munira is the co-founder of Care Center, a culturally responsive education non-profit serving refugees and immigrants from East Africa.  She has deep experience with team building, healthy group dynamics and strategies for effective collaboration across cultural difference.  She is a proven leader with a systems mind; successful in designing and managing systemic process-oriented change within organizations, while consistently looking for opportunities to better organizational efficiency.

Contact Munira: munira@eastafricancs.org

Faisal Jama, B.S., Executive Director


Faisal Jama graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He honed his management skills working at Gray Matters Capital as a Investment Analyst in Atlanta and India. Faisal serves on the Steering Committee for the South East Seattle Education Coalition and is also a member of the Youth Development Executives of King County. He has been active in the East African community throughout his life, and spent several years as an EACS volunteer. Faisal is determined to build EACS’s program strength and developing the organization’s effectiveness and efficiency. 

Contact Faisal: faisal@eastafricancs.org

Shontia Copeland-Walton, B.A.,  K-12 Program Director

Shontia is originally from Flint, Michigan. When she was 11 years old her mom moved her small family to Washington state. Shontia Copeland-Walton graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies with a minor in Diversity. Shontia is very passionate about education and working with under-served youth. She tutored and mentored under-served students for four years as an undergraduate at the University of Washington. After graduating from UW, Shontia worked for UW Pipeline Project which is an outreach program for seattle K-12 under-served students. Shontia joined the E.A.C.S. team as a Kindergarten Teacher for our Summer Program. She enjoyed working with the kids and getting to know the community. She is excited to be the K-5 Program Manager so she can be more involved!

Contact Shontia: shontia@eastafricancs.org




– Jon Kauffman, Operations Consultant
– Peter Schnurman, Citizenship Instructor
– Carl Shutoff,  Citizenship Instructor


Amir Noir Soulkin, M.A.,  Strategic Initiatives Coordinator

Noir is our Rainier Valley Corps Emerging Leaders of Color Fellow for 2017-2019.  At EACS, Noir serves as Strategic Initiatives Coordinator and helps to increase our professional capacities in the realms of Communications and Development.  With over 15 years visual communication, brand development experience, Noir is a powerful addition to the EACS team.

Noir is also an emerging author and Human Potential activist.   He graduated with his Master’s in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington Bothell and his Baccalaureate degree in Pan-African & African-American Studies from California State University Los Angeles.  As a scholar/activist, Noir is passionate about social equity and justice.  This passion compels him towards work in the non-profit sector. After 5 years of “laboring in the vineyard” of practical justice and equity work, Noir plans to return to university and earn his Ph.D.

Favorite Movie Genre: Sci-Fi  Fun Fact: Doesn’t eat meat nor dairy, though “fish” doesn’t count!

Contact Noir: Noir@eastafricancs.org


University of Washington at Seattle
– Sarah Kaech
– Dureti Hajikedir