My name is Sofia Cortes and I am the Director of Strategic Partnerships for SOS. I am a sophomore studying Economics with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. I am originally from Bogota, Colombia but I lived in Saudi Arabia for two years and Bahrain for twelve years. I joined SOS because I felt like I couldn’t just stand and watch what I consider to be one of the biggest humanitarian crises pass by without helping the refugees in some way.



My name is Mashal Alayed and I am the Fundraising Director and Treasurer for SOS. I am a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Business Finance. I am from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where I grew up and lived for eighteen years before starting college at USC. I joined SOS because I want to create a positive impact on the Syrian refugees resettling in Los Angeles and raise awareness of the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world today.


My name is Lana Bridi, a sophomore here at USC from Visalia, CA majoring Mathematics and Human Biology. I am very excited to be SOS’s Tutoring Director this year. I am very passionate about this club and the efforts we do to help the local Syrian refugees in Los Angeles. I joined this club because as a person who had to leave Syria due to the war, I can sense the necessity of organizations like ours.