Shaimaa immigrated to the USA in early 2000, earning her BA in Economics and Statistics from Cairo University in Egypt. Later she earned her MBA from Drake University in Iowa. In her day job, Shaimaa works as Business Execution Director for a local large Bank.
After graduating Community Leadership Program (CLP) class of 2020, Shaimaa joined both West Des Moines Human Rights Commission; Capital Crossroads Social Capital Chair; and DSM USA 4 Equity Collective keeping racial equity front and center of her work in the community.
Shaimaa was recognized by the Des Moines Business Record as 40 under 40, Class of 2021, for her active volunteerism and for elevating the voices of marginalized populations. Shaimaa is an active volunteer for Genesis Youth Foundation helping African immigrant youth succeed academically, intellectually, and athletically and find their identity in American society. Shaimaa uses her cooking and hospitality skills to help Non for Profit, like CultureALL, raise money and hosting share meals to invite cross-cultural conversation. Shaimaa is passionate about social determinants of healthcare.