Michael Yacob joined CentroNía in spring 2015 as the Program Coordinator for the Family Center and DC Childcare Connections and was promoted in 2016 to manage the Family Center. In this role, Michael proactively addresses practical short-term and strategic long-term means to meet the critical needs of families, and creates programming for parents in order to strengthen their parenting skills and increase their knowledge and use of community resources.
Michael holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Maryland. Economics courses taken early on in the area of poverty and discrimination peaked his interest in the world of development at the micro level. Seeing the immediate needs of the most vulnerable populations in DC, Michael pursued an in microfinance for the Latino Economic Development Center where he helped manage a pool of community asset funds for entrepreneurs. Michael went on to work for Maryland Community Connection coordinating employment services for young adults with physical and developmental disabilities, which included resume creation, mock interviews and building and strengthening community partnerships in Prince Georges County. In 2014, Michael ventured to Iraq to teach English at an oil and gas exploration company. While there, he also spearheaded a volunteer education initiative providing early childhood learning material to a Syrian refugee camp for children not enrolled in school.
Michael currently serves as a volunteer board member for New Bridges Corp, a non-profit in Burke, VA which uses its proceeds from selling Kurdish Literacy material to establish English language centers across Northern Iraq. He also serves on the Everyday Counts Taskforce through the Deputy Mayor of Education, DC Prevention Center Taskforce through the DC Department of Health, and the Language Access Coalition in DC.