Sadija Smiley


Sadija A. Smiley is committed to improving the quality of life outcomes for underserved, minority, and low-income communities. She currently serves as Executive Director of Sinai House, a Washington, DC program that enables families to move from homelessness to independence by providing safe and affordable housing and comprehensive social services. In this role Sadija focuses her unbounded energy and intelligence on her wide ranging responsibilities, which include overseeing operations of Sinai House, management of its staff, strategic planning, program development for the residents, and execution of its mission.

In November 2017, Sadija founded Stillborn and Infant Loss Support (SAILS), dedicated to raising awareness and creating a supportive environment for families who have experienced a stillbirth. Sadija is passionate about this organization and founded it to honor the life of her daughter, Ivyanna Salene, who was born sleeping November 13, 2003. She is now the mother of two rainbow babies (a child born after a loss) Kamryn and Kennedy.

Sadija is a member of the Minority Christian Women Entrepreneurs Network and serves as a mentor with Young Nonprofit Professionals Network DC. A Philadelphia native and first generation college graduate, she holds a BA in Psychology from West Virginia State University and an MBA from Strayer University. She and her family currently reside in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

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Myra Tucker