Board of Directors

Ayan Abdullahi

Ayan Abdullahi

Founder & Executive Director

Ayan Abdulahi is the Founder and Executive Director of Ayan Maternity Heathcare Support,
serving King County of Washington State. She is an egalitarian, mother, educator, and an immigrant to the United States. Ayan’s vision is a world with high-quality maternity care for families in need, and women’s empowerment and rights, especially refugees and immigrants. Ayan was raised in a family and a community that values the provision of high-quality
reproductive care. Her mother was a midwife, and as a midwife herself, Ayan joins several doctors and nurses in her family of origin. She graduated as a Nurse Midwife from Shifa College of Medicine at Hargeisa, in the Republic of Somaliland. Ayan worked for the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in Jijiga, Ethiopia, on projects dedicated to the prevention of Female Genital
Mutilation (FGM). Ayan has also held positions with MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres) Belgium, as an educator to prevent the risks of AIDS and TB. In all her positions, she has worked tirelessly to support women with disabilities, women who have had traumatic experiences, and women who experienced domestic violence. When she immigrated to the United States, Ayan resumed her work of providing
compassionate maternity care as a caseworker with the International Rescue Committee. In this position, she helped settle newly arrived refugees. Ayan wishes to resume her education to fulfill the licensing requirements to practice as a midwife in the US. She is a certified birth doula
and a childbirth educator with special training in working with women with histories of abuse. Ayan is also one of the co-founders of MAMA Amaan Team Researchers at the University of Washington. MAMA Amaan provided resources to marginalized groups while integrating
knowledge on how to uplift oneself. Ayan is currently the Founder and Executive Director of Ayan Maternity Health Care Support, a social impact organization in Kirkland, WA. Ayan Maternity Health Care Support provides culturally congruent community-based doula services. It includes breastfeeding and lactation
support, connection to social services, childbirth education and parenting classes. Ayan
Maternity services are essential for better birth outcomes, to reduce maternal and infant health inequities, and for respectful treatment of women. Ayan Maternity’s mission is to support pregnant women and new parents in socially and economically vulnerable situations or who
experience hardship and challenges. Ayan Maternity supports maternity care clients who have disabilities, are immigrants, those experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, or trauma. Ayan Maternity has been recognized for its work by the Washington State Department of Health Birth Equity three-year funding award. It also was awarded the Public Health Seattle King County Health Equity and Capacity Building grant.

Mohamed Hassan

Mohamed Hassan

President

Community Jobs program Coordinator – TRAC Associates, Mohamed did Secure training and employment for a 30-person caseload of refugees from Africa, Asia, East European refugees. Also he was the Community Outreach OIRA/Policy Advisor for Mayor of Seattle WA 2014-2017, advising the Mayor City of Seattle the needs of Immigrant and refugees in the City of Seattle limit. Mohamed Hassan established, supervised, and maintained USAID Mission Project budgeting and fiscal reporting system for 15 grants, bilateral and unilateral loans and projects totaling $100,000,000.

Hibo Jama

Hibo Jama

Treasurer

Hibo Jama is the Executive Director of Nisaa African Family Services, an organization providing direct services to victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in Iowa's African immigrant and refugee population. Hibo has an Associate Degree in Nursing from Mercy College of Health Science. She has been immersed in community service since she arrived in Iowa in 2001. She worked at Lutheran Services in Iowa on its refugee relief program in 2002 and at Mosaic, an organization serving people with intellectual disabilities, from 2007-2009. In 2009, she was contracted by the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault to organize community outreach events in the African refugee communities. She worked at Monsoon from 2011 to 2015, advocating and assisting in establishing Nisaa. Hibo, who is of Somali descent, also lived in Kenya before coming to the United States. Her hobbies are reading, cooking, and traveling.refugees. Also he was the Community Outreach OIRA/Policy Advisor for Mayor of Seattle WA 2014-2017, advising the Mayor City of Seattle the needs of Immigrant and refugees in the City of Seattle limit. Mohamed Hassan established, supervised, and maintained USAID Mission Project budgeting and fiscal reporting system for 15 grants, bilateral and unilateral loans and projects totaling $100,000,000.

Abdirashid Yussuf

Abdirashid Yussuf

Secretary

Abdirashid is the new Board Secretary for Ayan Maternity, joining us this year. As a new addition to our Board, he brings extensive experience in social work and a deep commitment to supporting pregnant mothers through comprehensive doula services. Abdirashid helps ensure efficient board operations and fosters clear communication between members, contributing to the organization's mission to empower and support expectant mothers and their families.

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(425)305-7377

Email Us

ayanab@ayanmaternity.org