I am a 31 year old Arab-American. I hold a Masters in Public Administration degree and a Bachelors of Arts degree in International Relations and Middle Eastern studies. I grew up appreciating politics, arts, history, and music. I also love community service and helping others. This website is a way for me to reach out to more people, and hopefully a forum to publish my thoughts and articles.
I was born on December 20, 1990 in San Francisco, California and then moved back to Muscat, Oman. I lived in Oman until 1999. I then moved back to Jordan in the summer of 1999 and stayed there till October 2007. I finished his senior year of high school in Cleveland, Ohio and proceeded to college. I attended Cleveland State University and graduated with my bachelor’s degree in 2013. I started graduate school in 2017 and graduated with my master’s degree in 2019 from Indiana Wesleyan University.
I currently work as the Chief Executive Officer of an adult day care center in Cleveland. In my free time, I am a theatre artist, and a founding member of Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi, a project of Cleveland Public Theatre geared towards creating productions for and by members of the Arabic speaking communities in Cleveland. I along with an amazing group of artists have so far performed in three productions, and a total of 12 sold out shows in Cleveland, Ohio and Dearborn, Michigan. I currently serve as a member of the Board of Directors of Cleveland Public Theatre. I previously served as a member of the Community Advisory Board for Ideastream; the local NPR and PBS affiliate. I self published my first poetry collection in the beginning of 2018 titled “Delirium.” I am currently working on my second book to be published soon.
In January 2020, I co-founded Arab Americans of Cleveland – Young Professionals Network. This organizations aims to connect with young professionals and to create a solid network to provide mentorship, references, and advice. In August 2020, I was selected by Crain’s Business Cleveland as a member of their first class of Notable Immigrant Leaders. In October 2020, I was selected by the Arab America Foundation as one of their 40 Under 40 influential Arab Americans. This only pushes me to work harder for my community.
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