Tahirah Austin-Muhammad

Co-Founder, Chief Program Officer

Tahirah is a fighter and an advocate with a passion to help those with SCD confidently attain a better quality of life. Raised in Philadelphia, she attended Neumann University and holds a degree in biology. She currently works as a clinical researcher at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where she also spends countless hours volunteering and mentoring.

She credits her strong spirit and ambitious nature from managing the many health challenges she’s faced since being diagnosed with SCD at the age of six.

In 2011, she was named the Advocate of the Year by Global Genes and became the youngest board member of the Dragonfly Forest Camp in 2016. As a leader in the SCD community, Tahirah’s dedicated to securing equal rights and treatment for those who are oppressed or made to feel unworthy because of their illness.