The Tiyya Foundation is an award-winning 501 (c)(3) known for transforming the refugee living experience in the Greater Los Angeles & surrounding areas. Since 2010, Tiyya has led the charge for impacting thousands of families through innovative education, arts, and recreation programs. Founded by Owliya Dima and her daughter Meymuna Hussein-Cattan, the Mayor of Los Angeles recently awarded the organization’s leaders acknowledging its positive impact on society.
The story for Tiyya began in 1984 when co-founders Owliya and her daughter Meymuna settled in Southern California as refugees. In the early ’90s, Owliya began volunteering. Coming from Ethiopia, Owliya knew first-hand the challenges refugees face in resettlement. Taking matters into her own hands, she started efforts to help others find stability and navigate the same complex challenges. In 2010, Tiyya was formally established.
Today, Tiyya serves more than 250 families annually in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Core programs include the Family Mentoring program, Friends of Tiyya and the Youth All-Star. Our social enterprise component is Flavors from Afar, where we hire former clients to pursue the culinary arts + fine dining. To learn more please visit our other site: www.flavorsfromafar.co
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board Chair Ellen Mainthow Darlene & Walter Gerken Trust
Co-Vice Chair Ahmed Khalil Partner/ Co-Founder at Distinct Law Group, APC
Co-Vice Chair Tarek Shawky Law Office of Tarek Shawky
Treasurer Robert Mainthow Darlene & Walter Gerken Trust
Secretary Lila Seif Attorney at Vorzimer Masserman
Board Member Shukry Cattan The UCLA Labor Center
Board Member Adja Buyi Buyi Founder of Sahara Beans
Board Member Maham Rahman Finance Manager at Harvest
Board Member Aisha Sabadia Philanthropist
Shabana Ahmad - Senior Underwriting Analyst at Precept
Farah Bajwa - Engineering Manager at Dynamic Air Engineering, Inc.
DeAnna Colglazier - Disneyland & Orange County Community Foundation
Christina Ong - Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pittsburgh
Tu-Quyen Pham - Associate in Crowell & Moring's Orange County office
Lucia Tran - Publicist at Lucia Tran Public Relations