Leila's Syrian father and American mother chose to raise her and her older brother overseas. She spent 18 years living in the UAE and Qatar, feasting on really good food and enjoying the desert sun before moving to Ohio to attend college. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health Sociology from Ohio State University. Leila first started working with refugee communities in Ohio as a way to help the Syrian community domestically and to help her stay connected to that part of her culture. Leila values close relationships (and a good cup of coffee). Upon moving to California, Leila sought an opportunity to build long-term relationships with local refugees. Tiyya encourages these types of relationships between clients and community members and she is humbled to be a part of that amazing process.
Quote she lives by: "We don't have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to." - Brene Brown
Where she hopes to be in the next few years: Leila still sees herself working to ensure a smooth transition for families of refugees, low-income immigrants and displaced Americans in Orange County. She is looking forward to being a part of Tiyya's program growth and geographical expansion.