More About Me
I was born in San Francisco, California. I grew up between Muscat, Oman and Amman, Jordan. I moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 2007.
I have a bachelors of arts in International Relations from Cleveland State University and a master's in Public Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.
I am the CEO of Friends for Life Rehabilitation Services, an agency that provides vocational training and day services to adults with developmental disabilities. I am also the co-founder and President of Arab Americans of Cleveland - Young Professionals Network, an organization that aims to become the resource for Arab Americans in Northeast Ohio.
Outside of work, I am an artist, and a founding member of Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi, Cleveland's first Arabic theatre company. I have been performing with Masrah and Cleveland Public Theatre since 2018, but I am currently on an acting hiatus. I previously served on the board of directors of Cleveland Public Theatre from 2019 to 2023. CPT's "Awakening" TV special which I performed in was nominated for an Emmy Award and won a Telly Award. I also previously served on Ideastream's (local NPR affiliate) Community Advisory Board from 2020 to 2022.
I am also a recipient of the 40 Under 40 Business Leader award from Crain's Business Cleveland in 2021. In 2020, I received the Notable Immigrant Award from Crain's. Also in 2020, I received the 40 Under 40 Arab Leader Award from the Arab America Foundation. In 2023, I received the 25 under 35 Movers and Shakers Award from the Cleveland 20/30 Professional Club.
I am a published writer with two poetry books published. "Delirium" was published in 2018 and "Pandemic! The Delirious Variant" was published in 2022.