Sakinah heads the Families Moving Forward program serving Hennepin and Scott and Carver counties. Her office is at the FMF-Hennepin program center. She has held several positions at Beacon including program manager for Families Moving Forward, associate program manager for FMF-SW and before that, the FMF housing family advocate, working with families in our supportive housing programs and with families and congregation volunteers in our Keys to Success mentoring program. Her personal experience as a mother of six (a daughter, four sons and a nephew) has been the motivational backbone behind her devotion to ensuring the safety and progress of all the communities she is a part of.
Being a third generation black Muslim woman, Sakinah’s family transitioned from the Nation of Islam in 1975 to the Orthodox Islam that she currently practices today. Sakinah holds a bachelor's degree in business from Capella University, certificates in financial literacy training and dispute circle training, and a master’s degree in marriage family therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She also has 13 years of U.S. Army experience that contributes to her ability to work with a variety of individuals. Her faith community, Masjid An-Nur, is part of the Beacon collaborative. Sakinah serves on the board of the Minnesota Humanities Center and formerly served as an advisory board member for CAIR-MN (Council on American Islamic Relations). She was born in Phoenix, AZ and raised in Golden Valley, MN.