Juweria is the Assistant for External Affairs for the City of Buffalo’s Division of Citizen Services. In this role, she serves as a liaison between various city departments and nearly 500 block clubs, identifying and implementing neighborhood development projects, including beautification and restoration initiatives. Juweria also manages several ancillary programs such as the Citizens Participation Academy, AmeriCorps VISTA and Urban Fellows to foster innovation and central city revitalization efforts. Juweria is currently pursuing her graduate studies in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo. Originally from East Africa, Juweria moved to Buffalo in 2013, and since that time, focused on policies that mitigate economic, gender, and racial inequalities on the development of communities and metropolitan areas. While finishing her undergraduate studies, Juweria was the recipient of the Western New York Prosperity Fellowship, awarded to “entrepreneurial civic-minded students.” That fellowship helped her secure an internship in Buffalo’s City Hall Urban Fellows program, which she then turned into a full-time position as the Coordinator. Juweria is very active in the community, serving as a Director of H.E.A.L Women Empowerment of Buffalo, where she works with socially and economically disadvantaged women, teaching life skills to help with self-sufficiency. She was the winner of the 2015 Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals Community Engagement Award, a 2015 recipient of the Change Makers “30 Under 30” Award and The Inaugural Outstanding American Muslim Millennial Award 16'. Juweria hopes to become a leading urban planner and philanthropist working towards urban development, with a focus on keeping communities intact without displacing neighborhoods. In addition to that, Juweria speaks three languages, plus her native Somali and has established her place as a future leader in the community.