Fatima Shama Secretary

Fatima Shama is the executive director of The Fresh Air Fund, a nonprofit agency that provides free summer experiences to New York City children from low-income communities through summer camps and a host families program in rural and suburban communities across 13 states, and provides year-round academic enrichment and support both at camp and in New York City. Previously, she was the vice president of strategic development and external affairs at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. Prior to this role, Ms. Shama was the commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, a position she had held since 2009. From 2007 through 2009, she served as Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s senior education policy advisor. She joined Mayor Bloomberg’s office in 2006 to work on a special initiative on the intersection between health care, language access and literacy. Prior, she served as the executive director of the Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition. Ms. Shama earned a bachelor of arts from Binghamton University and a master’s in public administration from Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs Executive Program. Born and raised in the Bronx, Ms. Shama is a daughter of immigrants—a Brazilian mother and a Palestinian father.