Arianna Morales, Program Manager
Arianna has worked as an educator of youth and adults in both the U.S. and the Dominican Republic, supporting language acquisition and navigation, and career development. She has served as a mentor and an academic tutor for college athletes and lead the development of curricula and tools for tutors, staff and students. At MFEI, she spearheads the work of the East Bay College Access Network, Scholarships, and WPX. Arianna holds a degree in international studies from Vassar College and a master’s degree in education from UC Berkeley.
Alicia Dixon, Executive Director
Alicia’s professional experiences extend across the nonprofit, for-profit, government and philanthropic sectors. Her expertise is in developing and implementing comprehensive, multi-sector initiatives addressing the most pressing social justice issues of our times. Alicia holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from UC San Diego and a master’s degree in public health from UCLA. Alicia is responsible for implementing MFEI’s new systems- change strategic vision.
Meiko McDonald, Accountant
Meiko McDonald has extensive experience in Accounting and Finance in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Prior to joining MFEI, Ms. McDonald operated her own consulting firm providing full charge bookkeeping services to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the greater Bay Area. She is responsible for MFEI’s financial reporting and day- to- day financial management. Meiko attended CSU East Bay.
Deen Tyler, Program Manager
Deen is a skilled facilitator of youth and adult groups in youth engagement settings. His work with youth is based in an advocacy and self-efficacy approach, resulting in sustainable youth development and systemic improvements. Deen is the program manager for the College Bound Brotherhood and Scholarships program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Florida Memorial University and is a National Urban Fellow and holds a master’s degree in public administration from Baruch College.
Janasha Higgins, Research, Evaluation, and Data Manager
Janasha is an experienced researcher and evaluator. In this capacity, she has applied technical talents to community organizing by informing the development and implementation of a backbone agency. She is also adept at sharing data and providing technical assistance to communities to aid in their understanding and independent interpretation of the data with the intent of improving student outcomes. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Francisco State University, and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Janasha leads all evaluation, data collection, and analysis efforts for MFEI.
Basma Khairy, Operations Manager
Basma has served as a Mental Health Counselor to school age children so that they may access a quality education and reach their full potential. She supports achievement at MFEI through creating efficiencies in the day-to-day administrative management of the organization. Basma holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Davis.