Consultant – Director of Government & External Affairs, Community Engagement
Salima Suswell is the President and CEO of Evolve Solutions, LLC which she founded in 2009. Evolve Solutions is a management consulting firm specializing in Government Affairs; Public Relations; Community Engagement; Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competency Strategies & Training. Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, Salima worked as a Senior Litigation Specialist with the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Salima remains actively engaged in the political process primarily within the Philadelphia – Delaware Valley region and across the Nation, contributing her expertise to non-profit and political organizations and campaigns. Among Salima’s noteworthy contributions are the leadership and production of the Annual Philadelphia City Hall Ramadan Iftar Dinner, held at the Mayor’s Reception Hall at City Hall; her role as Director and Steering Committee Lead for the Philadelphia Eid Coalition, who made history by leading a successful campaign to obtain the recognition of the two Islamic (Eid) Holidays on the academic calendar in Philadelphia Public Schools and various Charter schools; and her role as Chair of the Muslim American Host Committee for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, held in Philadelphia. Salima also served as the Project Manager and Lead Community Advisor for the Philadelphia Please Touch Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition, America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far, which has received local and national acclaim.
Because of her phenomenal work, Salima was recently appointed as a trustee on the board of trustees for the Please Touch Museum.
Salima serves as an advisor to the Office of Governor Tom Wolf for affairs pertaining to people of color, women, and Muslim Pennsylvanians, and supports the planning for Governor Tom Wolf’s Annual Eid al Adha Dinner, held at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg, PA. In October 2017, Salima made history as the first Muslim woman appointed to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women by Governor Tom Wolf. The Pennsylvania Commission for Women serves as advisors to the Governor on policy and legislation which impacts women and girls.
In 2018, Salima founded the Philadelphia Ramadan and Eid Fund, a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports the annual PREF Ramadan Iftar Dinner, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha festivities, youth educational programming, and more. In 2019 PREF presented its inaugural Philadelphia Eid in the Park Festival, which was very successful and organized over 15,000 community members of diverse background.
Salima has received distinguished honors and awards from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Pennsylvania State Senate, Philadelphia City Council, the Women-UP Organization of Entrepreneurial Excellence, City and State Magazine, the Muslim Youth Association, The Philadelphia Public Record, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the prestigious Faatimah Gamble Legacy Award.
In 2009, Salima was featured on a CNN special program, entitled “CNN Presents – Faith and Money in America”. Salima’s work has been acknowledged both locally and nationally by the Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Tribune, the Philadelphia Public Record, Billy Penn, CBS 3, ABC 6, Fox 29, NBC 10, PHL 17, and other news outlets.
A well sought after public speaker, among many speaking engagements, Salima was honored to address a crowd of over 60,000 attendees at the Women’s March on Philadelphia in January 2017. Salima has since become a key organizer for the Women’s March, and was appointed Vice President of the Women’s March on Philadelphia organization in 2018.
Salima also serves on the Leadership Council for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the Philadelphia Community Stakeholders, and the board of Sky Community Partners.
Salima holds degrees in Legal Studies from Peirce College, and Business Administration from Drexel University’s Lebow College of Business. In 2019, Salima successfully completed an international Executive Law and Leadership certification program in Washington, DC with KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights.
In November 2019, Salima was honored by The Philadelphia Inquirer as a Diversity & Inclusion Pioneer.
Salima has committed much of her life’s work to advancing underserved communities across this Nation, increasing civic engagement and voter participation in urban America, including but not limited to, communities of color, women, and faith.
Salima Suswell is an entrepreneur, expert organizer, community leader/activist and philanthropist.