Amina Ahmed honored with ‘Medal of Distinguished Service’ by County Council

At Wednesday’s (Feb. 27) King County Council meeting, lawmakers honored and celebrated the life of Amina Ahmed by posthumously awarding her the Martin Luther King Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service.

Her daughter and other loved ones were on hand to accept the award on her behalf.

“Amina is remembered as a woman whose heart was full of love and who used her intellect and other gifts to give back and change the lives of others for the better,” Councilmember Dave Upthegrove said.

From the county:

Amina Ahmed’s life was tragically cut short last December, but the impact she had on the city of SeaTac, and all of King County, will last forever. The community leader was recognized today by Metropolitan King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove when she was posthumously awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service.

“Amina was a bright light as a voice and link to others in the community,” said Councilmember Dave Upthegrove. “She is sorely missed but her legacy of trailblazing impact will live on in our South King County community.”

Amina worked in a number of roles throughout the region as an advocate for the immigrant and refugee community and as a human rights activist. She was a social worker with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, the Family Support Director for the Refugee Women’s Alliance and the Founder and Executive Director of Partner in Employment – a nonprofit agency helping immigrants and refugees connect with employment opportunities in South King County.

Amina was a member of the King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission, served on Governor Jay Inslee’s Poverty Reduction Work Group, and in October of 2018 was unanimously appointed to fill a vacancy on the SeaTac City Council.

The MLK Medal of Distinguished Service recognizes those who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to make a difference in communities across King County in answer to Dr. King’s question: “What are you doing for others?”


One Response to “Amina Ahmed honored with ‘Medal of Distinguished Service’ by County Council”
  1. Pam Fernald says:

    Very nice!

    We’d rather have Amina, but the legacy she has left is priceless. Her children can be so, so proud of their mom.

    Amina blazed a path for anyone who was paying attention to follow. Thank you, Amina. I’m proud to have known you. Rest in peace now…