EACS is supported by a vibrant, comitted Board of Directors
Hadis Ali: Board Chair
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.
Ubax Gardheere: Board Vice-Chair
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.
Samira Omar: Board Secretary
Samira Omar is a proud graduate of the University of Washington where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She holds a Masters in Social Work degree and is currently pursuing licensing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She currently works for the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services as a Child Welfare Social worker. Samira is also the proud mother of 4 boys.
Abdikareem Idan: Board Treasurer
Abdikareem 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. Abdikareem went on to attend South Seattle Community College once his 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, Abdikareem 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 in alignment with his life purpose: to help those in need. Most recently, Abdikareem worked for Refugee Woman’s Alliance (REWA) as a Community Jobs Case Manager. Currently, Abdikareem at Amazon as a sourcing recruiter.
Tamar Zere: Board Member
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.
Fethya Ibrahim: Board Member
Fethya Ibrahim is a graduate of the University of Washington with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a focus in Mechatronics. I am the daughter of two Ethiopian immigrants and was born and raised in the US. I am the eldest of five children and the first in my family to graduate from college. During my time at UW, I served on the executive board of the National Society of Black Engineers both on the chapter level and on the regional level. I am very passionate about getting young underrepresented minority students excited about STEM education and pursuing STEM careers. I have hosted college prep workshops, planned full-day events and conferences for students from K-12 grade. I have also spent a number of years as a STEM tutor and workshop facilitator at the Engineering Academic Center at UW. I currently work as a System Stress Engineer at the Boeing Company.
Mohamed Nuur: Board Member
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.
Claudia Alexandra Paras: Board Member
Claudia Alexandra Paras works for the City of Seattle in the Office of Labor Standards where she oversees the $3.3 million community outreach and education fund consisting of 21 organizational partners. She has over ten years-experience in curriculum development, program assessment and is passionate about creating systems and metrics that measure success towards desired outcomes. Since moving to Seattle in 2003, she has consistently worked with immigrant and refugee communities through teaching adult ESL and job skills classes, worker organizing campaigns and cultural work productions. Claudia has worked at Puget Sound Sage, Highline College, North Seattle College, South Seattle College, Kaplan Industries and Seattle Goodwill Job Training and Education Center.