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Abdirizak Jama

Loan Officer / Business Advisor

Abdirizak Jama is a community leader and activist. He graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in Conflict Resolution and Chemistry. He was born in Somalia. “My family and I fled the country due to the civil war and settled in a refugee camp in Kenya for six years before resettling in the United States in 2010.” Jama became actively involved in community service while he was attending school. He has continued his community service during his time at Saint John's, where in April 2016 he was presented with a Caritas Man of Extraordinary Service award. An active participant and presenter in interfaith programs sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center over the past two years.

Previously, Abdirizak worked for the Initiative Foundation in Little Falls, Minnesota. He brings a diverse range of experience in client case management, loan processing, entrepreneurial classroom planning and teaching, technical assistance, and more. He brings in great experience and drive to the organization as ADC’s Loan Officer/Business Advisor. 

Staff Directory

Nasibu Sareva

Executive Director

Christine Lukudu

Program Manager - Business Development Department / Portfolio

Abdirizak Jama

Loan Officer / Business Advisor

Ayan Abdinur

Program Manager – Housing and Financial Education Department

Habtamu Gana

SBA Microloan Program Manager / Housing & Financial Ed. Program Assistant Manager

Denise Favors

Lender Service Provider / SBA CA 7(a) Loan Program

Rich Thomasgard

Property & Projects Manager

Abdirahin Hussen

Regional Manager - Central Minnesota

Jacqueline (AKA Jackie) Schell

Communications & Fund Development manager

Shonni Krengel

Program Administrator / Community Development Specialist

In Memoriam Hussein Samatar

Founder, African Development Center of Minnesota