Bilal serves as a Community Innovation program manager. In his role, Bilal supports a grantee portfolio consisting of Community Innovation grantees, Bush Prize winners, Community Innovation and Social Business Venture Ecosystem grantees and others. A key part of Bilal’s role at the Bush Foundation is to build partnerships and accessibility to the Community Innovation grants as the lead on the team’s outreach and engagement efforts across the region. He is also an active member of the Social Business Venture team that aims to foster a powerful social business ecosystem in the region. Bilal aims to promote cross-sector connectivity, collaboration and creative problem solving among organizations and systems to advance equity and well-being in our communities.
After work in the science and biotech industry, Bilal earned a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Global Health at Emory University. He discovered his passion for community-driven initiatives while working to promote health and social equity among communities in Ghana, South Sudan, Georgia (U.S.A.) and recently Minnesota. As a first-generation immigrant, Bilal is happy to share his family story, customs and Palestinian recipes and sweets with anyone interested. Having lived most of his life in Minnesota, Bilal has developed a great affinity for the outdoors and the environment. An admirer of the arts, he spends his spare time creating poetry and pottery, as well as, gardening, baking and hiking.