Abdirahman A. Yusuf
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Abdirahman A. Yusuf is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Somali Development Center. He is a bi-lingual and bi-cultural public administrator and macro-social service practitioner who was born in Somaliland and is a citizen of the United States of America. Abdi oversees all aspects of SDC, including working with the Board of Directors, volunteer project teams, and advocacy coalitions. He represents SDC before the public, government agencies, media, and funders and also works closely with SDC clients.
Prior to SDC, Abdi was a senior public health program manager at the Boston Public Health Commission responsible for programs which provided prevention and education activities for under-served families on childhood lead poisoning for parents, community services providers, health care personnel, and other professionals.
Abdi obtained his undergraduate education in psychology from the University of South Dakota and graduate education in Public Administration from Suffolk University. He is also a graduate (class of 2002) of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) and Leadership Development Program (LeadBoston). Yusuf has served as a Chair for the Community Partnership Opening Doors Project for Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs Project, Massachusetts Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition, and the Refugee Health Advisory Committee. He is a recipient of the annual Massachusetts Mental Health/Refugee Committee Award for Outstanding Community Service. Abdi also has two decades of experience working with local and citywide media outlets and in the past hosted a weekly community TV show for seven years.
Social Service Coordinator
Hodan Warfa has been the Social Services Coordinator at the Somali Development Center since 2015. She is bilingual in English and Somali and has extensive training and experience dealing with clients to meet their cultural and linguistic needs. She is passionate about language and literacy instruction and is responsible for building the agency capacity at the SDC in ESL through cultural interchange, curriculum development, and “best practices” collaboration. In addition to providing case management support to clients and help with education and benefit needs, Hodan is responsible for evaluation and monitoring of project outcomes and activities of SDC programs. Also, Hodan manages the Citizenship for New Americans Program (CNAP), where she is responsible for determining eligibility for service, conducting assessment of applicants, and client enrollment. She also assists legal permanent residents with citizen applications and provids interpretation support at legal, medical, and immigration appointments. In her role as program coordinator of Post Resettlement Community Services (PRCS), Hodan also provides case management and advocacy for clients regarding housing related and social security issues, and worked to enroll immigrant and refugee children into schools.
Various volunteers at the SDC instruct the ESOL classes by using class materials and facilitating weekly ESOL basic literacy classes and the ESOL/Civics classes for clients on the road to citizenship and employment. ESOL instructors keep class records, plans lessons, conduct regular student assessments to track learning of English grammar, writing, speaking and listening skills.