Meet the Staff: Shaima Shamdeen

Shaima Shamdeen is the Digital Communication Manager at the Foundation for Tacoma Students. Hired in November 2018, Shaima brings a passion and expertise for connecting community through digital storytelling. 

A Digital Journalism graduate from Central Washington University, Shaima’s professional background encompasses digital media, print magazine, newspaper, television and radio production. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked as a Solutions Journalism Reporter for YES! Magazine highlighting communities and individuals around the world advocating and working in the realm of social justice. 

Shaima was born in the northern Iraq region of Kurdistan and immigrated to the United States in 1996 with her family seeking asylum in Washington state. Raised in Kent, Shaima enjoys spending her free time gardening, organizing, and catching up on sleep. 

Reach out to Shaima directly at if you have a community event you’d like to promote with the Graduate Tacoma network, story ideas that demonstrate the power of partnerships for student success, or questions related to our website or social media platforms.

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