8MBA Staff

Cindy Thomas Ahmed Abraham

Executive Director                        Associate Program Director

Cindy brings over 20 years of experience in economic development, affordable housing, and nonprofit management to 8MBA.  Her work includes project planning and underwriting neighborhood revitalization initiatives, and an innovative program to address the city’s homeless population that won national recognition.  She has sat on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and helped guide their strategic planning and positioned them for competitive financing.  Cindy holds a B.S. from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s degree from Wayne State University.  

Ahmed Abraham brings a proven track record of establishing and nurturing new business in his previous work at Mercyland Health Services to the position of Associate Program Director at 8MBA.  He is dedicated to enhancing local communities within the Metro Detroit region through bridging the private and public sectors.  Ahmed holds a Bachelors in Urban Studies, a Masters in Urban Planning, and a Certificate in Economic Development from Wayne State University.  He is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Political Association. 



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