The nonprofit she founded, Aynah, is all about matching students with developing communities to work on local projects. As the link between students, resources, and vulnerable populations, Katie finds leading this connector organization incredibly rewarding.
“I'm passionate about people engaging and taking ownership in their communities. I enjoy connecting resources with people as they carry out their initiatives and dreams, in a pay-it-forward mindset, especially considering the support I received during my journey founding Aynah,” she says.
Aynah is based in Minneapolis, which has one of the largest concentration of nonprofits in the U.S. In Katie’s opinion, the social good sector in the city is only getting stronger. More and more social enterprises and organizations are popping up each day, and there are lots of opportunities to meet like-minded folks and collaborate.
In addition, Minneapolis has a thriving immigrant community (including the largest Somali population in the U.S.) and Katie sees this global perspective as a perfect complement to the Idealist Network.
“I think Minneapolis can benefit from the Idealist Network and its international reach, bringing lessons and ideas from around the world to communities closer to home,” she says.
By being a part of the Idealist Network, Katie's natural connecting instinct can only get stronger.
“I'm a firm believer that passion inspires passion and I make it a hobby to listen, learn, and draw inspiration from other peoples’ stories and passions,” she says. “Creating meaningful connections with people is one of my top strengths and greatest joys in life.”