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Abdi Ali, Director

Bio

Abdi Ali is working with elders and community leaders to help build a unified voice in the Somali community.

Abdi arrived in the U.S. in 2010 as an asylum seeker and has volunteered and supported PANA since inception. He has also organized asylum seekers connecting them to legal support, community services and self-help networks providing housing, food, and transpiration support. 

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Abdi is ardent supporter of Manchester United and loves talking history and politics.


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Emily Serafy Cox, Director

Bio

Emily Serafy Cox is currently contracting with MAAC as their Advocacy and Organizing Coordinator.  

Previously, Ms. Serafy Cox was a Community Organizer with Mid-City CAN, in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego.  She was lead staff for the campaign for a Free Youth Transit Pass in San Diego. Before joining Mid-City CAN, Ms. Serafy Cox was Executive Director at Empower San Diego, a nonprofit organization dedicated to civic engagement on local issues in San Diego.  While there, she facilitated the highly successful "Communities in Unity" Redistricting Coalition, which helped ensure increased ability for communities of color to elect a candidate of their choice in local and state elections. Ms. Serafy Cox holds a BFA in Dance and Women's Studies from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. After graduation, she was appointed to the Capital Long Range Investment Committee for the City of Minneapolis—a powerful citizen advisory board for CIP projects.


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Cory Briggs, Treasurer

Bio

Cory began practicing law in 1995 with Mundell, Odlum & Haws in San Bernardino, California, where he primarily litigated commercial and employment-related disputes. In 1998, he moved to Washington, D.C., and added environmental law and regulatory compliance to his practice while pursuing graduate degrees and teaching at The George Washington University Law School and the University of Maryland. Cory returned to southern California in June 2002, and his practice now balances small/family-owned business law with public-interest and government-accountability litigation.

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Cory’s two favorite pastimes are scuba diving and traveling to remote places around the world (hopefully to scuba dive).