Meet Our Staff

Abdirahman Yusuf

Executive Director and Co-Founder
Abdi is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Somali Development Center. He is a bi-lingual and bi-cultural public administrator who 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 and provided prevention and education activities for under-served families.

Adeola Ebekozien

Deputy Director
Adeola joined our organization in 2018 as a Program Coordinator assisting individuals and families with job applications, affordable housing resources, healthcare coverage and general case management. Being an immigrant has helped shaped her perspective and passion in how to best support the refugees and immigrants who walk through our doors. She currently oversees our grant writing and fundraising, while also managing some of our programs to ensure they are in line with goals and objectives. She received a Master of Laws (LLM) from Boston College Law School.

Asmeret Daniel

Program Coordinator
Asmeret Daniel has been the Social Services Coordinator at the Somali Development Center since 2019. She is bilingual in English, and Amharic and has extensive training and experience dealing with clients to meet their cultural and linguistic needs. Asmeret is also responsible for evaluation and monitoring of project outcomes and activities .

Colleen Leddie

Social Work Intern
Colleen Leddie is a Social work graduate student at Tulane University. Her specific areas of focus include the emerging field of Disaster Resilience Leadership as an innovative research surrounding the role and development of leadership and resiliency as a means of producing effective outcomes for at-risk communities and their residents.