As a former ESOL student, I grew to love the power of the written word. The nuances of the English language fascinated me while I was relearning how to communicate, a newly immigrated grade schooler exposed to fantastical children’s stories about a talking aardvark or a lovable family of bears. About 15 years later, those nuances consumed my studies as a writing, literature, and publishing major at Emerson College. I concentrated in magazine publishing and non-fiction writing while also interning at a Boston lifestyle and entertainment magazine, The Improper Bostonian, and writing for a few collegiate publications. I cut my teeth as the Associate Editor of QSR magazine (a leading business-to-business publication for the restaurant industry), writing monthly features, assigning and editing a variety of departments, and cultivating the magazine’s social media presence.
While writing and editing satisfied me professionally, I felt drawn to the nonprofit world to satisfy my soul—and that’s how I found myself working in development and communications. From 2014 to 2016, I called Communities In Schools of Durham, an accredited affiliate of the nation’s largest dropout-prevention network, my home. In 2016, I returned to Boston to serve as the Individual Giving Manager for Mass Insight Education, a nonprofit dedicated to closing the achievement gap.
And in 2017, my professional focus for enacting social change shifted in response to worsening hostility to the immigrant community, a community I am a proud member of. Today I am proud to serve as the Development Specialist for the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project, supporting legal representation for detained immigrants and asylum seekers.
Creating, communicating, fundraising, and advocating on behalf of Greater Boston’s immigrant community is what fuels me each and every day. As a Bosnian refugee and American citizen, I am honored to have the opportunity to apply my professional skills to empowering more immigrants fulfill their dreams.
Friends call me an immigrant, a dancer, skier, avid napper, exceptional cook, and organization freak. I can’t live without my planner, a calendar, and post-it notes. I like thunder storms, feminism, white button mushrooms, equal-opportunity education, the color navy, Kurt Vonnegut, promoting volunteerism, and ballerinas. I dislike grated Parmesan, florescent lighting, glitter, and the smell of pine.
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