Senior Associate Director
Majd Baniodeh is a Senior Associate Director at APCO Worldwide based in Seattle, Washington. She specializes in the intersection of social impact and social justice and is a member of the firm’s Sustainability & Social Impact team.
Ms. Baniodeh brings over a decade of experience driving social justice, social impact and equity programs & strategies in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to APCO, Ms. Baniodeh built the strategy and framework for Zillow’s DEI efforts in support of the company’s three-year commitment to create a more equitable workforce. She worked directly with senior leaders and their teams to build their equity muscle by designing the company’s first Leader Self-Assessment tool to determine a baseline of organization culture and leadership and putting a plan of action in place to address inequity. Ms. Baniodeh facilitated equity centered training for all employees, and through her license in Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), worked one on one with managers to effectively support their teams and build a culture where everyone could thrive.
At Starbucks, Ms. Baniodeh led the implementation of Starbucks’ Refugee Hiring Initiative by fostering global partnerships with refugee focused nonprofits and government entities, leveraging the Starbucks Foundation to invest in job training programs in the U.S., and launching cultural competency trainings and manuals across U.S. stores and operations. Her work advanced the company’s goal of hiring and welcoming 10,000 refugees globally by 2022.
Ms. Baniodeh holds a master’s degree in Applied International Studies from the University of Washington, and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Seattle University. She was born and raised in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and speaks Arabic, English and French.