NEW OFFICE LOCATION ALERT
Starting April 3rd, 2023 PIE will move to a new office space next to Angle Lake in SeaTac. You can find us at 19530 International Blvd., Suite 108, SeaTac, WA 98188.
We are a part of the community that we serve.
We do this in our approach by:
1) Leveraging both TANF (Transitional Assistance for Needy Families) and Non-TANF resources to achieve the goals of Work First and emerging communities.
2) Establishing peer and professionals mentoring activities and opportunities.
3) Collaborating with other agencies supporting employment for refugees and immigrants.
4) Engaging professional immigrants and refugees of all genders to participate and make input in the program development and evaluations.
5) Contributing to community initiatives as and when needed.
6) Advocating for policy changes for services that eliminate poverty among refugee and immigrants communities.
7) Engaging and energizing communities in systems changes.
8) Implementing a pilot project to demonstrate that community-desired system changes and services are successful and fruitful for products consumers.
We wouldn’t be here without Amina.
PIE was co-founded by Amina Ahmed and Hien Kieu. In 2018, Amina tragically passed due to a car accident. Her legacy is continued by our current team. We strive to uphold her values and continue her work to help our community through PIE. Amina, thank you for your wisdom and service—you inspire us every day and are missed by everyone.
Board of Directors
Saido left for the border of Somalia and Kenya in the early 1990s with her family, where they spent three years in a refugee camp located in Mumbasa Kenya. In 1993 she came to the US, helping Somali families with interpretation, translation, filling out immigration papers and job applications in her free time, leading to her current work at Neighborhood house as an Employment Specialist. She began her career as a case manager at African Mutual Assistance Association in St. Louis, Missouri from 2000 to 2003 which gave her the ambition to pursue social work. She has provided resources for the East African communities, held Women’s Support Groups to empower the ladies who were new to the country, and also did bookkeeping for the agency. She has since relocated to Seattle, WA with her family and feels blessed because her clients motivate her as much as she does for them.
Jonathan’s 30-year career has spanned for-profit business and non-profit projects in the United States and emerging markets. His business career in technology included senior roles at technology startups, Microsoft, and Apple Computer’s software subsidiary Claris Corp. He pursued interests in global development and social enterprise joining Unitus in 2007, a leader in microfinance for the Indian market. He has spent years in Nicaragua where he lives part-time and helped found a triple bottom line housing business. Jonathan graduated Bachelor of Arts with honors from Brown University.
Benh journeyed to America at the age of three as a refugee from Vietnam. His personal struggle as a young person growing up in America taught him resiliency and perseverance. Today, he’s an entrepreneur and a business owner of multiple companies. As a younger board member, he brings a unique perspective that will support the direction of PIE, especially in supporting youth and young adults.
Maliha is a former refugee from Afghanistan who graduated with her Master from the University of Washington. Her lived experience and perspectives will provide guidance and direction for the organization to best address the needs of immigrants and refugees. Maliha is a long time social worker and is currently supporting the health of new Afghan refugees and many other individuals from diverse backgrounds.
While attending college, Hien volunteered working with immigrants and refugees and fell in love helping this population. After completing college, Hien worked over 10 years managing a successful workforce development program for newly arrived immigrants and refugees before joining Amina Ahmed in creating a one-of-a-kind organization that strive to create meaningful opportunities in employment and trainings for the LEP, immigrant and refugee population. With the loss of Amina and the heartbreak that came along with it, Hien’s desire to continue Amina’s legacy grew. Hien is grateful to her team who continue to inspire her everyday and to the community to continue entrusting their success in PIE.
Hien enjoys hanging out in her backyard barbecuing with her kids and relaxing on her hammock under her massive grape trees; weekend clamming; and walking on the beach while sipping sugarcane juice. Hien is also competitive when it comes to playing badminton against her colleagues.
Program Manager II
Environmental Program Manager
Youth Employment Case Manager
Languages: Pashto, Dari, English
YFHPI Case Manager
Restoration Crew Lead
Languages: Korean, English
Youth Case Manager
Languages: Kiswahili, English
Housing Stabilization Service Case Manager
Languages: Farsi, Dari, Pashto, English
Thank you to our partners.
We have stories to tell…
In the Summer of 2021, Patient began working with Partner in Employment’s Youth Restoration Training Crew to pursue his vision of working in nature. The program allowed him to learn about park maintenance and environmental conservation, meet new people, and explore a new field of interest, all while earning a paycheck.
As a parent I was scared because I didn’t know how we were going to survive, but luckily my community helped me get in contact with a case manager at Partner in Employment who could speak my language.
PIE paid my rent for two months, and also got me enrolled in an aerospace manufacturing program which I just completed, and now they’re helping me with my resume so that I can get a job which will let me support my family. PIE also enrolled my daughter in their youth mentorship program so that she will continue to be successful in school, and get life success mentorship from someone who understands our culture and speaks our language. She got a job at Panda Express and got accepted to her dream school for aviation, Central Washington University.
I am so thankful for the great help and security that I’ve received from PIE – it has been a turning point for the success of my family.