“She is sorely missed but her legacy of trailblazing impact will live on in our South King County community.”
| Councilmember Upthegrove with ZamZam Abdulgani, Amina Ahmed’s daughter and friends of the late SeaTac Councilmember after Ahmed was posthumously recognized
with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service
Amina Ahmed’s life was tragically cut short last December, but the impact she had on the city of SeaTac, and all of King County, will last forever. The community leader was recognized today by Metropolitan King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove when she was posthumously awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service.
“Amina was a bright light as a voice and link to others in the community,” said Councilmember Dave Upthegrove. “She is sorely missed but her legacy of trailblazing impact will live on in our South King County community.”
Amina worked in a number of roles throughout the region as an advocate for the immigrant and refugee community and as a human rights activist. She was a social worker with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, the Family Support Director for the Refugee Women’s Alliance and the Founder and Executive Director of Partner in Employment – a nonprofit agency helping immigrants and refugees connect with employment opportunities in South King County.
Amina was a member of the King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission, served on Governor Jay Inslee’s Poverty Reduction Work Group, and in October of 2018 was unanimously appointed to fill a vacancy on the SeaTac City Council.
The MLK Medal of Distinguished Service recognizes those who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to make a difference in communities across King County in answer to Dr. King’s question: “What are you doing for others?”