ACCESS, one of the nation’s largest Arab American community nonprofits based in Dearborn, announced Maha Freij has become the organization’s president and CEO.
She succeeds Hassan Jaber, who was with ACCESS for more than 40 years and has served as president and CEO since 2008. Freij joined the organization in 1991 and previously served as its executive director.
“I’m excited about what the future holds for ACCESS, especially as we celebrate 50 years of service and community building,” says Freij. “We take very seriously our responsibility to help grow and sustain an empowered Arab American community.
“Our goal is to institutionalize a framework for meaningful engagement that will ensure our community is empowered and impactful for generations to come. It is an honor to lead a respected institution like ACCESS and to champion such a worthy effort.”
Her responsibilities will include overseeing ACCESS’ $35 million operational budget, which is generated from more than 100 funding sources and fuels three national institutions and more than 120 organization programs, including education and training, youth leadership, family development, health and wellness, and immigration and citizenship.
In addition to growing ACCESS’ endowment, she has raised millions of dollars for various brick and mortar projects, including a Community Health and Research Center, a one-stop workforce development center, and the country’s first and only Arab American National Museum (AANM), which is located in Dearborn and opened in 2005.