Shireen is currently working as a Financial Manager for the Somali Youth & Family Club, a Seattle area non-profit dedicated to providing social services to area’s Somali community. She graduated in June of 2016 with her Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington (UW). Shireen also completed the Evans School’s International Development Certificate Program to further pursue her academic and professional passion for development work in Africa.
Shireen graduated in 2011 from Southwestern University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies: Political Science with a geographic focus on Africa. She also received a minor in French after taking several classes at Southwestern and studying abroad and taking courses in French in Cameroon, in West Africa.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Shireen moved to Seattle, WA to pursue a career in international development. In 2014, Shireen decided to pursue her MPA at the Evans School, which provided her with several opportunities to deepen her knowledge and expertise in the field. During the summer of 2015, Shireen interned in the Office of Acquisition and Assistance at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In December of 2015, she traveled to India as a consultant for a social enterprise with the Global Consulting Program, a program within the Foster School of Business at UW.
As a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholar, Shireen spent the summer of 2016 in Arusha, Tanzania taking intensive Swahili language courses and a Business and Entrepreneurship seminar. Following this experience, she worked with the University of Nairobi for two months to lead water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)-related field research in Meru, Kenya. Now, Shireen serves as the Somali Youth & Family Club’s Financial Manager in Seattle, WA.