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Ramla Bile

Grantmaking Officer

As a Grantmaking Officer, Ramla looks for ideas and people that can make our region better for everyone. She and the rest of the team review proposals and manage community relationships to be open and responsive. Ramla is ready to talk with people who have ideas or questions for any of our grant programs. She’s committed to racial justice and enjoys supporting BIPOC-led organizations as they navigate the grantmaking process to expand their capacity to change systems.

Ramla joined the Bush Foundation in 2019, bringing over a decade of experience as a strategist, agitator, and storyteller. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as Principal at Qalam Consulting where she helped nonprofits, foundations, and small businesses grow their grassroots impact.

As a community organizer, Ramla works to bring awareness to issues at the intersection of racism, Islamophobia, and anti-immigrant sentiment. A local leader in the Somali-Minnesotan community, she provided critical thought-leadership against the Countering Violent Extremism program. A published author, she uses writing to anchor and promote greater understanding, resilience, and liberation for BIPOC communities. In her free time, she enjoys hiking Minnesota's beautiful parks and trails with her young daughter.