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.
Program Manager - Business Development Department / Portfolio
Loan Officer / Business Advisor
Program Manager – Housing and Financial Education Department
SBA Microloan Program Manager / Housing & Financial Ed. Program Assistant Manager
Lender Service Provider / SBA CA 7(a) Loan Program
Property & Projects Manager
Regional Manager - Central Minnesota
Communications & Fund Development manager
Program Administrator / Community Development Specialist
Founder, African Development Center of Minnesota