Asha Ahmed joined us in March as our second Community Organizer. She will be working on NENA’s community building initiatives in the Bossen Terrace area, including renters rights, access to Bossen Field and park programming, and active living and access to healthy food projects with the Minneapolis Health Department. As a fluent Somali speaker, Asha will lead NENA’s outreach efforts to begin work with East African families in the community.
Asha earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in sociology and global studies. She went on to the University of St Thomas Graduate School for Public Policy Leadership International. Her many work and volunteer experiences add to her knowledge and expertise in community building. Most recently, Asha served as an AmeriCorps member at HOME Line – a south Minneapolis nonprofit which provides free and low-cost legal, organizing, education, and advocacy services so that tenants throughout Minnesota can solve their own rental housing problems.
When asked about her thoughts on community organizing, Asha said, “While grassroots and community organizers endeavor to end issues of racism towards communities of color, yet many of these communities continue to struggle finding solutions to end such issues. Cultural difference and a language barrier can be an issue for many low-income families. It is important for a community organizer to establish trust with community members and gain their support to find a resolution.”
Asha completes NENA’s staff team along with Karla Arredondo (Community Organizer), Lauren Hazenson (Program and Communication Manager), and Becky Timm (Executive Director).