Who's involved Black Thrive team Mariyam Farooq Mariyam is a member of the founding team at Black Thrive. She has supported the launch of the initiative since August 2015. When she is not working on Black Thrive, Mariyam spends her time focusing on how to best support teachers and students around the world to foster civic action in school communities. She is the co-founder of One Square Mile, an organisation with a mission to ensure schools engage in the development of justice-oriented citizens necessary for open, fair and prospering democracies. She also serves as an Advisor to Teach For Pakistan. Prior to founding One Square Mile, Mariyam supported the development of Teach For All as one of its first staff members, serving in a variety of roles from 2008 - 2015. In her last position there, she was the head of the global Participant and Alumni Impact team. She began her career as a 5th Grade Teacher in Los Angeles where she taught for three years. She has also worked with the International Rescue Committee, planning and implementing culturally-responsive curriculum for youth with refugee status. Mariyam holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern California and a M.A. in International Educational Development from Columbia University.