The WES Mariam Assefa Fund aims to catalyze economic inclusion, opportunities, and mobility for immigrants and refugees in the U.S. and Canada. Through grantmaking, impact investing, partnerships, and field-building, the Fund supports efforts to build inclusive economies and ensure all immigrants and refugees can achieve their aspirations and thrive.

The Fund has deployed more than USD$7.5 million in the U.S. and Canada since launching in 2019, partnering with more than 40 different organizations across both countries. Learn more about the Fund’s grantee partners and investee partners.

Since 1974, WES has helped nearly three million individuals achieve their academic and career goals. But 45 years later, systemic barriers to immigrant success and economic inclusion remain stubbornly in place. 

In 2019, the WES Mariam Assefa Fund launched with ainitial USD$30 million commitment from WES to seed its philanthropic arm. The Fund, which is named after the organization’s former CEO Mariam Assefa, expands the ways that WES helps people learn, work, and thrive in new places and helps society recognize the value of people’s education and experience.

Learn more about our goals and how we work.

Our Team

Monica Munn

Managing Director, Philanthropy

Lauren Crain

Associate Director, U.S. Strategy and Programs

Marina Nuri

Senior Program Manager, Canada

Nomzana Augustin

Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships Manager

Zenia Dacio-Mesina

Grants and Portfolio Manager

Silan Akgul

Communications Manager

Maleeha Baig

Program Associate, Canada

Lei Ma

Program Associate, U.S.

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