Maha Mehanna is from Gaza City, Palestine. She is a self-starter, professional freelance field researcher, and organizational consultant. She is also a professional English/Arabic translator and interpreter. She studied community development in Canada, and before her arrival to the United States in the summer of 2018, she worked for local and international nonprofit and proprietary organizations in Gaza. Maha has longtime experience working with international donors that support Palestinian civil society.
Maha was awarded the prestigious Winston Fellowship to the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in 2016 where she pursued her graduate studies.