Sirene Abou-Chakra

Sirene Abou-Chakra

Harvard Kennedy School
Mid-Career Master in Public Administration Candidate, 2022
Sirene Abou-Chakra

Sirene most recently served as chief development officer for the city of Detroit, where she led development and fundraising for Mayor Mike Duggan’s top initiatives with public, philanthropic, and corporate investment. During her time with the city of Detroit, Sirene raised over $1.5 billion in funding to support critical city services. Born in Lebanon and a University of Michigan alum, Sirene served for ten years as an account executive at Google, working internationally on media strategy, messaging, and fundraising for election campaigns the company advised on. She currently sits on the City Year executive board, the Arab American Institute’s national policy council, and the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services advisory board. She co-founded Doors of Opportunity, a nonprofit that works to increase the enrollment of Arab students at top universities. In 2020, she was chosen for Arab America’s 40 Leaders Under 40 list.

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