Community Advisory Board Members

Melaak Rashid, MPA

Community Advisory Board Member

Melaak Rashid is an Nonprofit Consultant specializing in grant writing, organizational development, Human Resources, Compliance, and Cultural Competency Training, as well as holds positions as the Development and Community Outreach Director for Smart Development, Inc, and Fund Developer for the Spanish American Committee. Melaak has over 7 years experience as a nonprofit professional helping bring in over 15MIL to minority-led nonprofits to further their work and missions and small businesses across Greater Cleveland and connect diverse residents in need to the services they need to lead more stable, healthy, thriving lives. Previously, Melaak was the Human Resource Director for 3 years at United Funding Group and Secure Lending, providing customized HR services to ensure businesses and organizations are providing the best work environments for their employees. Melaak received her bachelors of Liberal Arts in Political Science with a minor in International Politics from Cleveland State University as well as her Masters in Public Administration with certificates in Urban Planning and Nonprofit Management from The Levin College of Urban Affairs. Currently, she is a phD candidate in Public Affairs focusing on developing a cross-sector model elevating nonprofit, private, and public sector relations in achieving intersectional outcomes in community and economic development. As a daughter of Palestinian immigrants, Melaak is tied to her community through her continuous volunteerism through Islamic Center of Cleveland, Al-Omary Mosque, Global Cleveland, Cleveland Women’s Group, Ibn Sina Clinic, and beyond as well as leads in being a trusted-voice for the local Arab American and Arab immigrant community in Cleveland.

Agnes Igodan

Community Advisory Board Member

Growing up abroad in 2 African countries allowed me to see the world through a different lens from others who only have a Western world perspective on life. As an undergraduate Economics student at The Ohio State University, I held a special bond with international students. Not only did I live in the International House dormitory but I also volunteered as an English language conversation partner for Japanese and Chinese students who wanted to practice their English. I also worked one-on-one with a Ukrainian student to introduce him to American and University campus life. It is no surprise that I am now in a volunteer role at The Refugee Response here in Cleveland, Ohio. The mission and purpose of Refugee Response aligns extremely well with my passions and interests. My goal during my one year assignment on the Community Advisory Board is to increase awareness of the organization among my peers and assist the Refugee Response in furthering their 2021 objectives. Immigrants are the heart of the United States of America and I'm proud to be one from Nigeria and South Africa.