Our Team

Zayna Abusada, Recruiter


Hello! My name is Zayna (she/her/hers) and I’m originally from the Midwestern college town of Iowa City, Iowa.  I went on to get my undergraduate degree in History and Theological Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies at Saint Louis University.  After graduation, I joined JVC Northwest at a JV for my first year in Ashland, Montana, serving with Indigenous students on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations.  I loved being a JV so much that I decided to do a second year, this time serving with immigrant and refugee English-Language learners in Anchorage, Alaska.

My two JV years solidified a drive to continue to work in advocacy, social and ecological justice, and the empowerment of fellow communities of color, particularly focusing on the advocacy for missing and murdered Indigenous women alongside the decolonizing of oppressive systems and institutions.  I am so happy to continue to be a part of JVC Northwest and its community as the traveling recruiter this year.

Much of my other time is spent reading, listening to and singing new music, taking many ridiculous pictures to wherever I travel to, and attempting to keep the Duolingo owl at bay in whatever language I’m practicing.  I also enjoy every season for its uniqueness, national parks, adventurous walking, water topography, and a good bowl of chili.