iLEAP Names Michelle Shireen Muri as our First Director of External Affairs
Seattle, WA – iLEAP is proud to announce and welcome Michelle Shireen Muri as its first director of external affairs. Ms. Muri has joined the international non-profit to further the growth of its integrated leadership programs for social change leaders around the world.
Ms. Muri brings 11 years of experience in non-profit development and major transitional growth to iLEAP. Most recently, she worked with Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) where she served as director of development, funneling her immense passion for justice into developing the resources needed to fight for immigrant rights in the United States. During her time at NWIRP the organization underwent significant change – growing from a budget of $1.2 million to $4.15 and a staff of 12 to a staff of 47.
“iLEAP is at a pivotal point in its organizational growth and we are looking for the right person to co-lead the design and implementation of this transformation,” said iLEAP Executive Director Britt Yamamoto. “Given Michelle’s demonstrated development skills and strategic insights, along with her natural passion for social justice, we are thrilled that she has agreed to join our team in this capacity.”
Ms. Muri’s keen understanding of the forces that push people to flee their home countries stems from her own family’s immigrant experience as well as her work at NWIRP. When she first learned of iLEAP’s Global Fellowship program, she felt a natural connection.
“So many people are forced to flee their home countries due to violence, poverty, identity and political upheaval,” said Ms. Muri. “Those who have the ability and the fire to lead social chance and justice movements in their communities are essential to our future. iLEAP supports these leaders in finding sustainable ways to work for their communities.”
Ms. Muri is an alumna of the 2013 Washington Equal Justice Community Leadership Academy, held by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. She is also an alumna of the 2011 Lead The Way Fellowship from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, Women of Color Policy Network.
Press release here: ileap.org/media
iLEAP inspires and renews social leaders and global citizens through integrated leadership programs that ignite hope and transformation in the world. Its values-based leadership programs are conducted in Seattle, WA and around the world with programs for both emerging and experienced social leaders. As of March 2016, iLEAP has trained nearly 450 people, from 32 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.