Iman Gariballa a mother of a young lady and three young men, holds a B.S. in Business Management from Cairo University Khartoum Branch, a Graduate Certificate in Imam and Muslim Community Leadership from Hartford Seminary, as well supplemental course work including “Introduction to Incident Command System” from the Emergency Management Institute through DHS, “Disaster Spiritual Care, Field Operations, Disaster Mental Health and Self Care” from the National Disaster Interfaith Network, and “Counseling Muslims: The Basics” and “Effective Chaplaincy in Various Settings” from the Cordoba University Graduate School of Islamic Social Sciences.
In 1998, she became one of the founders of the Sudanese American Community Development Organization (SACDO) in the Washington, DC area and served on its first Board of Directors. SACDO serves over ten thousand individuals in the metropolitan area. Services rendered span several areas including social and cultural activities, academic and vocational training, community awareness classes and sport and other recreational activities. She is one of the early volunteers’ teachers of SACDO Saturday School, in addition to teaching she provided counselling services to youth and their families in various areas to encourage successful Assimilation into American life. In September 2013, Iman was elected to be SACDO’s first female President.
With diversity in mind, she founded the Youth Foundation for Networking & Fellowship, an organization dedicated to enabling diverse youths to reach their full potential and achieve the best quality of life possible.