Staff

Farhiya Mohamed, Executive Director, Founder
farhiya@sfstf.org

Farhiya Mohamed is a native of Somalia and a local leader in community organizing. Farhiya received her Master of Social Work from University of Washington (MSW) and her BA in Human Services at Evergreen State College while working as a Family Advocate with Southwest Youth & Family Services in West Seattle. Prior to Southwest, Farhiya worked as a Bilingual/Bicultural advocate with the Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA). For more than 10 years, Farhiya has worked assisting and advocating for domestic violence victims within the refugee and immigrant communities in King County. Farhiya has been a member of numerous community organizations including founding member and Vice-Present of the African Community Network in Seattle-King County, steering committee member of Seattle-King County Public Health community research project, board member of the National African Immigrant Refugee Women Network (NAIRWIN) and City of Seattle Commissioner Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, and founder and Executive Director of the Somali Family Safety

Task Force which is dedicated to empowering and advancing the local Somali community by educating families on ways to prevent domestic and gender-based violence, and strengthening community. Farhiya’s passion is to empower and advance youth & families by giving them a chance to address the issues they face and providing them with resources.

Mohammad Ismail, Program Manager
mohammad@sfstf.org

Mohammad Ismail joined the Somali Family Safety Task Force in 2019. He grew up in the Northwest of Pakistan. He describes some parts of the Northwest of Pakistan, where the average young woman is up early to run errands for her family. She squats to flame the dung-cake fire with a puff to make morning tea and roast corn bread. What she calls a kitchen has no running water, gas, electricity or refrigerator. There were no newspapers, no books, no advertisements, no street names, no maps to read. Now, living in Seattle, his passion continues to be the part of community building.

 

Ad, Program Manager

Ad is multilingual and brings vast non-profit experience ranging from joining as an undergrad one of the largest international student-led leadership development organizations to working with reputable non-profits like Columbia Legal Services and Refugee Women’s Alliance. As a first-generation immigrant, Ad relates with the challenges of the immigrant community and is devoted to working on empowering immigrant and refugee women and their families by removing barriers and celebrating their cultural richness. Hobbies include spending time with family and friends, learning new things, and enjoying the outdoors when it’s not raining.

Maryan Abdi, Youth and Family Specialist

Maryan has graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Public Health – Global Health from the University of Washington. She was awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award from the School of Public Health for her dedication, service, and many contributions to the School of Public Health. Maryan’s passion is to engage with the refugee and immigrant population to help them become their best self so they can be happy, courageous, and feel accepted. As a Youth and Family Specialist, she is able to do the work she is passionate about every day. A fun fact about Maryan is that she enjoys traveling and she has been to 12 countries so far!

 

 

 

 

Ibrahim Adow, Youth and Family Specialist 

Ibrahim was born in Kenya, close to the border of Somalia and Ethiopia. As a result, he has extensive cultural competency and aside from English, he can speak Somali, Swahili, Arabic, and to some degree Oromo too . Ibrahim has a Bachelor of Science from Kenyatta University, Kenya and a Bachelor of Art from Iowa State University. He describes himself as a nomad due to his upbring, and being the fifth child in a family of nine, he learned very early on in life that “sharing is caring”.  This drives his passion for helping youth and families. Before joining the Somali Family Safety Task Force,  Ibrahim worked for SEIU 925, where he perfected the skills of negotiation and social justice as an art needed for equity and equality in contemporary society.

 

 

 

Board Members 

Ahoua Koné, JD, MPH Clinical Assistant Professor at UW Global Health, Director at Health Alliance International (HAI), and Immigration Attorney:

Ahoua Koné is a Lawyer, a program Director with Health Alliance International, and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Department of Global Health. She is a native of Côte d’Ivoire. Ahoua’s work has been on health research and community empowerment projects both locally and internationally. She is an activist, always trying to help uplift voices that are neglected or oppressed. She is a founding member and past-president of the African Communities Network in King County and has served on several advisory boards and commissions including: the Washington State Commission on African-American Affairs, the Seattle Human Rights Commission, the Planning and Oversight Committee of Seattle Public Schools, the Search Committee for the Seattle Police Department Chief. Ahoua is also a co-founding member of the Somali Family Safety Task Force, an organization for which she continues to be committed to help thrive.

Ahoua was a recipient of the Seattle University School of Law 2013 Vanguard Leader of the
Year award and the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award (2000).
Ahoua and her husband are parents of two young men. Ahoua is thankful for the support of her
extended family and friends and for the numerous opportunities presented to her to contribute
and give back to the community.

Saida Alim, MSW Mental Health Counselor at Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care:

Saida Alim, has been involved with community work in past 8 plus years in many different capacity as Housing and Policy Advocate with SHA,   advocate. Saida also was Fellow Intern, EAC  through RVC.  Practicing mental health therapist and has worked in the field for the past years. Graduate from the University of Washington with her masters she is passionate about the work she does for the community and strongly believe uplifting impoverished , disenfranchised immigrant/refugee and communities of color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saido Jama:

Saido Jama works as a Procurement Agent for Boeing in Seattle, WA. Before this role, she was a Supply Chain Analyst. She is well-versed in contract development, vendor/supplier relationships, negotiations, production optimization, and logistics. Saido holds a Manufacturing
and Supply Chain Management degree from Western Washington.

Saido joined Somali Family Safety Task Force as a board member in 2019, she was captivated by their mission “to empower immigrant and refugee women and their families by providing
culturally appropriate services that embody the core values of our community”. As a fellow Somali and immigrant herself, she could relate to the difficulties of navigating in a new country and wished an organization like this existed when she was growing up. SFSTF brings an enormous value to the communities it serves and is for the community. A fun fact about Saido, she has toured on most of all major Boeing aircrafts.

Robin Tatsuda, MSW/ Executive Director Serving The Arc since 2012:

Robin specializes in outreach and advocacy for people with developmental disabilities such as autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy.  Robin believes that disability is a form of diversity and that disability rights are human rights.  As many immigrant and refugee families have disabilities, Robin is excited to bring her expertise to the SFSTF.  Fun fact, Robin and Farhiya, Executive Director of the SFSTF, went to graduate school together!

 

 

 

Mohamed Abdi, MPH: 

Mohamed currently works with the City of Seattle’s department of Education. A
longtime Seattle resident and community advocate, Mohamed has worked extensively
with youth and families in schools and in social services agencies.

  •  Mohamed is one of the founding members of SFSTF and currently a board member who
    has passionately dedicated his time and energy in serving the mission and vision of the
    organization.
  • He stayed course with sister Farhiya and SFSTF since then. What kept him going all this years was farhiya’s passion in serving her community through years of volunteering and after a I have had the distinct honor of working with sister Farhiya to support her efforts in providing services to the Somali community in areas of immigration, emergency needs, healthcare, and other support for families as they arise.
  • Farhiya’s dedication to the Somali community is obvious through her strong work commitment
    and passion that compels her to service in the name of humanity.

Gyanendra Subba, MBA /Lead Career Coach, SHA

Rania Mussa , Bachelor of Arts (B.A) History:

Rania Mussa works as a Solutions Architect designing technological solutions for clients to meet their ML and AI needs. After earning her bachelor’s from Whitman college, Rania worked in the education sector for a couple years. First with a non-profit that serves immigrant and refugee families to help close the achievement gap for k-12 students. She later joined a start-up focused on using technology to transform how students read for a deeper comprehension. Most recently, she worked with health researchers on innovative informatics driven projects to improve the health outcomes for patients. In her day-to-day she is driven by the desire to produce results and make an impact.

Rania was drawn to the Somali Family Safety Task Force because of its mission “to empower immigrant and refugee women and their families.” SFSTF is not only a community centered organization but at its core it is embedded in the very fabric of the community it serves as a community led, and community run organization. The organization is well positioned to address many of today’s challenges as they emerge and is exceedingly adaptive to communal needs.

 

Fathiya Abdi, MPH University of Washington   

Fathiya Abdi currently works as health policy analyst for a community health organization. She is passionate in her belief that health is a human right! Her interests include increasing health equity and health access for communities especially immigrant and refugees. One of the main reasons she joined SFSTF was her firm believe that communities should be at the forefront and to provide them tools and resources to achieve their best quality of life. SFSTF, unique to many organizations, is community based AND community driven. It utilizes a community based participatory framework and a social determinant of health lens to address health inequities in the immigrant/refugee community. SFSTF mission and values deeply resonate with her especially being born to Somali refugees, herself.  She seeks work that create and cultivates healthy communities. A fun fact about Fathiya is that she is a twin.

 

 

Abdi Y. Jama

Abdi Y. Jama received a B.A. from Western Washington University and a Masters’ of Law in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University. Abdi is an Immigration Program Manager and a member of the Director’s Social Justice Cabinet at Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. He has been providing advocacy and legal immigration services to the immigrant and refugee communities in the state of Washington for over two decades. Abdi has worked with numerous Non-profit and Governmental Organizations in the State of Washington and in East Africa as a policy, social justice, and legal immigration consultant. He is also a conflict resolver, mediator, arbitrator, ombudsman, peace. builder, and trainer. He specializes in resolving complex multi-party conflicts internationally and designs conflict resolution systems for governments, NGO organizations, and employers. Abdi is on the roster of volunteer mediators for Los Angeles, California’s Institute for Nonviolence.

He is Statebuilding and Democratization Program Manager at New Access International (NAI). A research and development agency established in 2012 by multi-disciplinary practitioners and specialists in Somalia. NAI is a registered civil society organization in the Federal Republic of Somalia. Mr. Jama has been involved in law and policy research with development organizations for over 15 years.

Abdi Y. Jama is pleased to serve as a board member to Somali Family Safety Task Force (SFSTF). He has worked with the founder, Farhiya Mohamed in different capacities and shares her passion for the refugee and immigrant communities. Abdi understands the importance of serving the underserved communities in the state of Washington and applauds Farhiya’s commitment to these populations. Farhiya has all the right ingredients to operate and direct a grass-roots organization and has always gone above and beyond with her community activism.

Fun fact: Abdi Y. Jama has so far been to 37 States in the United States. Only 13 to go yeey!