A dedicated youth advocate, Miriam has spent the last 15 years serving local, state, and national nonprofit organizations to develop a just, safe and healthy future for young people. Miriam empathizes greatly with nonprofit leaders striving to fund critical services and comes to For Impact on a mission to dispel the many myths that create barriers to effective fund development.
An Ohio native, Miriam attended Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana earning a bachelor’s degree in both Biology and Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies before heading out east to facilitate afterschool programming for girls in Washington, D.C. Since 2012, Miriam has led local multidisciplinary teams and statewide networks within the child advocacy center movement in Ohio, coordinating and expanding essential intervention and prevention services for abused children and their families.
A child of Somali immigrants, Miriam is dedicated to educational and entrepreneurship opportunities for youth living in post-conflict zones and refugees residing in the diaspora. In 2010, with USAID funding, she developed a livelihood resource center in Hargeisa, Somalia to bolster marketable skills in 18-24 year old youth and encourage self-determination and a vision for their future that didn’t include piracy or extremism. Miriam currently provides communications and business solutions to immigrant and refugee small business owners and service leaders as they re-establish agency and uplift their communities.
Miriam lives in Westerville, Ohio with her family and sits on the board of a private Islamic school. When she’s not shuttling kids around, Miriam enjoys local theater and reading historical non-fiction.