meet the team behind drive
Maytham is “a Transplant Medicine RN, Interpreter/Translator, Refugee Healthcare Navigator, and a Community Organizer. He attended The College of Veterinary Medicine in Mosul, Iraq. He also worked for the U.S. Department of Defense in Iraq, from 2005 to 2008, as an interpreter/translator. Maytham helped establish, train, and advise Armored Units within the 9th Mechanized Infantry Division of the new Iraqi Army.
Born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, he moved to the U.S. in 2008 and lived in Colorado since then. Maytham graduated with Honors from the University of Colorado College of Nursing, Anschutz Medical Campus, where he also conducted research on the topic of refugee health. He is currently working at the University of Colorado Hospital while also serving his community through the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and DRIVE Project."
Noor is a local government professional with experience working in community development and finance. As an immigrant to the United States, she is passionate about working with immigrant communities to realize their potential – as residents, tax payers, and (eventual) voters. Noor wants to build a new narrative around the immigrant experience - one that emphasizes civic engagement and trust in the political process.
Noor holds an MPA from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and a B.A. from Texas A&M University. She serves on the City of Aurora’s Immigrant and Refugee Commission and on the International Committee for the International City/County Management Association.
Palwasha is a marketing professional specializing in the healthcare industry. With more than ten years of experience, Palwasha has worked for large and small organizations ranging from nonprofit health plans to digital health-tech startups.
An avid hiker and mountain explorer, Palwasha has a passion for all things nature, which began in her native land of Pakistan where she is from. However, her love for the mountains is second to her passion for bringing together and building stronger, more united immigrant and refugee communities. Palwasha is a graduate from the University of Denver.
Alejandro is a State government professional with experience in health law, health care, alternative dispute resolution, and community engagement. He is a first generation immigrant with parents from Colombia and Kashmir. Born in Miami, FL he is interested in assisting refugee and immigrant populations acclimate to and participate in our democratic process.
Alejandro holds a J.D. from CU-Boulder Law School and a B.A from the University of Miami. Alejandro is working to refine his program design approaches, directed toward underserved populations to improve community outcomes, via low or zero-cost means.
Marwan has been adopting Colorado as his home for the past 20+ years. He holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado Boulder. He is an IT Professional for his alma mater, currently working on issues dealing with digital identity management and privacy.
Marwan hails from Yemen, a country currently in the midst of a devastating war and one of the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. He is passionate about giving back to the community and lending a helping hand. His involvement in DRIVE stems from his belief that a better life, especially for the recent migrants, comes from the need to actively work to protect civil liberaties and championing immigrant causes.