Senior Communications and Public Engagement Planner
King County Metro
Maha is a long-time South King County Resident who holds a MA in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization with an emphasis on Cross Cultural Communications from the University of Washington. She is one of the Senior Communication and Public Engagement Planners at King County Metro. Prior to joining Metro, Maha was a Program and Policy Specialist at the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs in the City of Seattle where she was charged with instituting a language access program from scratch that included best practices and legislation across City departments to eliminate language barriers to all. She has vast experience in working on complex policy issues at the federal, state, and local level. In addition, she has worked extensively with various communities by providing organizing, strategy, counseling, and tutoring opportunities. Maha is fluent in Arabic and has conducted research in the Middle East. Before joining the public sector, she was the Senior Program Manager and interim Organizing Director at One America and has also taught at University of Washington, Seattle University, and Middlebury College.
Maha also is a graduate of the Young American Leader Program from the Harvard Business School and received the Bridge Builder: Making a Difference Award from the Women of Color Empowered Program. She is also a past fellow of Leadership Tomorrow and United Way Project Lead and has served on the City of Seattle’s Women Commission. She is currently an active member on the board of Institute for Democratic Future.
Maha is an avid reader who enjoys a great cup of coffee while traveling and tweeting (usually on her transit commute). She joined King County Metro because she is passionate about serving King County’s diverse communities and working on erasing margins and eliminating all barriers of access. She plans to bring a strong racial justice lens, humor, and a solid work ethic to the team.