Farah came to us after working in public health for ten years. She started out as a public education manager at a national mental health advocacy organization in the Washington, D.C. area, and that is where she found her drive and her people—work which inspires her and coworkers who care as much about mental health as she does.
After a couple of years in the DC area, Farah was ready for new terrain and moved to Lancaster for a job at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey. There, she led the state’s Safe Routes to School program and subsequently moved into academic affairs, where she ran operations for the Penn State Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program, helped on some public health research, and worked with medical students. “I always wanted to get back into mental health, and so here I am in my current role as Manager for National Partner Initiatives at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (at the Education Development Center, Inc). For me—and for so many who work in this field—mental health and suicide prevention are personal, and I feel so fortunate to be doing this work.
Farah is new new to the coworking environment, but we can all see how much she loves it already—she thrives here. “I am motivated by the energy that comes from being surrounded by others who are also hard at work,” she explains. “That buzz keeps me going, especially on long days.” Coworking also has eliminated a lot of the distractions (e.g., laundry, TV) she might otherwise face if she worked alone in her house. “I feel more productive than I have in a long time,” she says
When Farah isn’t working, you can find her hanging out with her 7-year-old son, running and walking around the city (or on a treadmill at the YMCA), studying (as a part-time doctoral student), or squeezing in a nap where she can.
And, thankfully, we just opened our meditation room on our third floor! Nap away, Farah.