As the director of the foundation, Sahra is responsible for operations, partnership development, resource mobilization, and strategic implementation of the foundation. Sahra considers herself as a champion of the underserved and underprivileged. Fueled by her own experiences as a young child who lost her adoring mother to a mysterious disease and then her country to war, Sahra's career, passion, and life's work are about promoting health and making health systems just and equitable for everyone.
Sahra’s recent professional experiences include running Grit Partners, a health and leadership consultancy in Kenya, and serving as the Chief Executive Officer of People's Center Clinics & Services (PCCS), a nonprofit integrated primary care clinic network. Before that, she was the director of community health and language services at Fairview Health Services/MHealth and director of clinical operations at UnitedHealth Group (UHG). At UHG, she led the implementation of telehealth and innovative care delivery models to urban and rural communities in eight states. Sahra co-founded Health Commons, a wellness center that provides services to low-income Somali women and children. Sahra has conducted and published collaborative research studies on women's health, mental health, youth violence and radicalization, and social determinants of health in several peer-reviewed international journals.
Sahra is the recipient of multiple awards and accolades for her leadership, including the`` 40 under 40`` award from MSP Business Journal, ``(Real) Power 50`` award by Minnesota Business Magazine, and the 2017 Distinguished Alumna Award from her alma mater, St. Catherine University.
Sahra holds a BSc in Nursing from St. Catherine University and an MSc in Nursing and Health Systems Administration with a concentration in global health from the University of Minnesota. She has completed public affairs and health policy fellowships at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the George Washington University's Milken School Public Health. She is a certified executive coach and a member of the Young American Leaders Program (YALP) at Harvard Business School.
Sahra was born and raised in Mogadishu, Somalia. During Somalia's civil war, in the 1990s, she migrated to Kenya, then to the United States. Sahra studied and worked in the US before returning to Kenya, where she now lives with her husband and children.