Ahmed Rahim, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Ahmed is an Oakland resident who has built strong partnerships with community leaders to develop the Foundation’s programming. He oversees operations, programmatic direction and lends more than twenty years of business management experience to provide fiduciary responsibility for the Foundation’s portfolio.
In addition to his role as executive director, Ahmed provides mentorship to startups, serves on several nonprofit boards, and is a passionate advocate for thriving communities and a healthy environment.
Reem Rahim, Co-Founder & Creative Director
After earning her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, she changed directions. Reem first received a Drawing and Painting art diploma in Florence, Italy, and then went on to obtain an M.F.A. from John F. Kennedy University’s department of Arts and Consciousness Studies.
In addition to applying her design, vision and leadership skills to the Foundation, she is currently Board Chair of Camps in Common, a nonprofit that manages an 80-year old City of Oakland-owned camp in the high Sierras that offers city residents a respite in nature. In addition to her design work, she is actively creating art in her Oakland studio.
Numi, Inc. Support Staff
Brian Durkee is the vice president of Operations for Numi Inc. and developed our Fair Labor program with Scientific Certifications Systems. He has worked with Numi since 2003 directing the management of purchasing, quality control, production, distribution, and supply chain operations. While managing Numi’s world-wide supply chain and distribution logistics, Brian has also focused his efforts on developing the organization’s sustainable and socially responsible initiatives, including advancements in sustainable packaging, fair trade and fair labor practices, and creating direct relationships that foster improved standards of living in the developing countries were tea is produced. Brian Durkee has an MBA from Saint Mary’s College and graduated Cum Laude from the University of San Francisco with a B.S. in Systems Management.
Diane Cowlin is the director of People, Culture & Communitea with Numi, Inc. Before working with Numi, she provided human resource services to companies such as Birkenstock and Avalon Natural Products. She has also shared her expertise with various nonprofits including the Marin Cancer Project and the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center. Diane brings over fifteen years of human resources expertise to the operations and structure of the Numi Foundation. Outside of work, Diane enjoys time with her husband, two kids, two dogs and two cats.
Greg Nielsen is the director of Marketing for Numi, Inc. He has more than nine years of experience developing integrated marketing strategies for emerging consumer brands including UGG Australia, Simple Shoes, and Ahnu (‘ah-new’). He evolved the Simple Shoes brand from 90’s skater sneaker to edgy eco-friendly footwear innovator. Nielsen received a double B.A. in Business Economics and Political Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara.