Jihane Nami joins Institute for Sustainable Solutions staff

The Institute for Sustainable Solution welcomed Jihane Nami to its team as project manager in July. 

Jihane will focus on developing partnerships and coordinating projects that match PSU faculty and students with local community groups, government agencies, and businesses to advance mutual sustainability-related priorities. She'll be forging connections for research, internships, and course projects, and be point person for many of the partnerships previously coordinated by former ISS community partnerships manager Jacob Sherman.

Jihane comes to ISS with extensive experience managing multi-stakeholder international development projects for Portland-based non-governmental organization Mercy Corps. 

In Turkey, she built partnerships between Mercy Corps and local universities to address humanitarian needs of refugees. In Gabon, she created a pilot program to empower teenagers who excelled academically despite being single parents. And in Iraq, she trained community organizers to form representative committees in a context where democracy had not previously existed.

Jihane received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and French from Willamette University and a Master of Science in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Staffordshire University. She wrote her thesis on how the city of Portland might improve neighborhood livability without causing gentrification and displacement.

Get in touch with Jihane at jnami@pdx.edu.