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Maha Freij

Based: Dearborn, Michigan, United States

Degrees: Bachelor’s, Accounting and Economics, Hebrew University

Maha Freij is the deputy executive director and chief financial officer of the Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services (ACCESS) in Dearborn, Michigan. Freij was the first Arab/Palestinian woman to earn a CPA license in Israel, in 1989. As CFO of ACCESS, Ms. Freij oversees a budget of more than $17 million from more than 100 funding sources and has helped raise more than $30 million in the last decade for endowment building and brick-and-mortar projects, including the first-ever Arab American National Museum in the U.S. As a founder of the Center for Arab American Philanthropy, the only national Arab American philanthropy program in the country, she has also strengthened Arab American giving by establishing charitable legacies through education, grant making and endowment building.