Advisory Board:

Marly Melsh has her Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies & Language,with an emphasis in Spanish. Marly has been working in youth services high school, specifically with early childhood education and elementary after-school/summer programming She served 2 years as a Youth Specialist AmeriCorps member with CommonBond Communities, which sparked her interest in working in non-profits. She also has experience in finance and office management from working at the University of Minnesota. Currently, Marly is the Office Manager at a Public Charter School in NE Minneapolis.

Board of Directors:

Lul Osman is the Founder and Executive Director of B.R.A.V.E. (Brilliant Resilient Ambitious Vibrant Elite) Foundation Inc. an organization that aims to empower young Somali-American girls and women. Lul is currently in school pursuing her Bachelors in Human Services with the concentration in Leadership and Administration, and a minor in Psychology. In her formative years, Lul was the President of the Peer Mediation Team and was amongst 10 students selected to attend the 10- year anniversary conference of PeaceJam in Denver, Colorado. There she had the honors of meeting amazing world leaders of peace such as the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and other notable Nobel Peace Laureates. This experience highlighted many of the social conflict communities face and inspired Lul to be a catalyst for change. Lul is now driven to give back to her community through real positive work. Currently, Lul works at the Ramsey County as a Financial Worker. She served on the Ramsey County Advisory Board and is an active member on other boards such as the Somali Key Leaders, the South Advisory Council for Minneapolis Community Education and also in the EDIA (Equity and Diversity Impact Assessment). One of Lul’s mission is to ensure that the needs of Somali-American girls and women are heard by being represent at the table. In doing so, Lul focuses on ensuring both equity and diversity in Minnesota. Lul hopes her continuous efforts as the head of B.R.A.V.E Foundation Inc. will uplift and empower women in all areas of life.

Amran Farah is a civil litigation attorney in Minneapolis. She is the President of the Somali American Bar Association, and the President of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers. Amran is also a member of the Governor’s Council of Minnesotans of African Heritage and a pass member of the Minneapolis Police Conduct and Oversight Commission. Amran grew up in Minnesota and can speak/read/write in Somali.

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