Mohamed Ahmed, M.S.


  • Phone: 619-594-7056
  • Office Location: ASU-250B

Mohamed Ahmed is the Associate Chief Diversity Officer at San Diego State University and an Adjunct Professor of Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in the San Diego State Universities Homeland Security Graduate Program. He received his bachelor's in International Security and Conflict Resolution and Master's in Postsecondary Educational Leadership from San Diego State University and currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Higher Education at Old Dominion University.

Mohamed has led the university's development and implementation of a strategic plan for community outreach to underserved, underrepresented student populations and the larger San Diego community. In his career, Mohamed has worked with diverse communities on issues ranging from education, civic engagement, public safety, and diplomacy. Previously, Mohamed has served as the Senior Community Engagement Officer for the Department of Homeland Security - Office of Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention where he led the development and implementation of the strategic framework to counter violent extremism in San Diego county. Furthermore, Mohamed is a research fellow for the International Center for the Studies of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) where he is researching Somali responses in the United States, Europe, and Somalia to the ICSVE's Breaking the ISIS Brand Counter Narrative video clips.

In addition, Mohamed is a national expert in understanding the links between violent extremism, and the rise of hate and higher education campuses. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Justice Department, Mohamed was able to create critical trainings such as the Community Awareness Briefing (CAB) designed to educate higher education leaders and campus communities about all levels of extremism and hate while focusing on prevention and intervention models. Furthermore, Mohamed serves as an American Subject Matter Expert for the United States Department of State (DOS) where he engages international audiences on topics that are strategic importance to the United States. In the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion, Mohamed was able to support U.S. Embassies on diplomatic missions in Algeria, Germany, Kenya Denmark, and Belgium.

Over the past decade Mohamed was a leading voice in business and civic circles, providing guidance to local, national and international organizations on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement, civic engagement and public safety. Mohamed serves on the City of San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention, San Diego District Attorneys Interfaith Advisory Board, and many other boards and commissions. Mohamed has been recognized for his leadership through numerous honors and awards, including the United States Attorney Local Hero Award, the City of San Diego Ashely L. Walker Social Justice Award, San Diego State University Zuma Community Service Award, the San Diego State University Iscorian of the Year, the Somali Youth United Leadership Award, Phi Beta Sigma Community Activist of the Year, Ocean Leaf Emerging Leaders Award, and the Community Housing Works VALOR awardee.