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CAO Stories – Meet Lateefa

Lateefa Albanna is an Alumni from CAO’s Head Start and now is a Case Manager with the Employment and Training department. Lateefa’s passion for serving others stems from her childhood. She watched her parents tirelessly help family members and community; they instilled the importance of giving back and helping others to Lateefa and her siblings. Her mother, Miriam, worked at St. Hyacinth’s Head Start as a family partner. Her father, Mohamed, was a businessman and humanitarian.

Lateefa Albanna is a recent college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in Spring 2019. While attending college, Lateefa worked as an Administrative Assistant at ACCESS of WNY, a local nonprofit which referred many clients to different CAO programs. She simultaneously worked as a Certified Pharmacy Technician at Rite Aid. Lateefa completed a Transformative Leadership Fellowship with the National Network of Arab American Communities, where she collaborated with constituents on the local, regional, and national levels to encourage the alleviation of community disparities.

“CAO is very near and dear to my heart. Along with my eight siblings and all four of my children, I attended the CAO Head Start program at St. Hyacinth’s. There, I met some inspirational women with the same passion for helping others. Their names are Makkiya Hassan, Chelsea White, Joann Butler, Linda Cintron, Debbie Moskal, and Sandy Sperduti-Lukasczk – just to name a few. All of these experiences have cultivated my passion for non-profit organizational work. I am proud to be the Case Manager for the Employment and Training division at CAO, and I look forward to using my experiences to help make a difference in people’s lives.” – Lateefa Albanna