Maham Ghaffar

Accounts Payable Associate

I was born in Pakistan and migrated to the United States when I was eleven years old. One of the most challenging obstacles I experienced in school was not being able to communicate in English; however, I did not let this deter me from succeeding in my classes due to my willingness to learn and ability to work hard. My interest in Mathematics started in middle school when I discovered my passion for problem-solving. From that point on, I knew that I wanted to immerse my career in numbers. I attended New York City College of Technology, where I was able to take accounting classes in my first semester. After taking Principles of Accounting 1 in my first semester, I fell in love with the major and decided to continue. After three semesters in NYCCT, I transferred to Baruch College to further pursue my degree in accountancy. I studied extremely hard to maintain a 3.80 GPA and was awarded two accounting scholarships – one from the New York Society of CPA’s and the other from Baruch College itself. As my academic career progressed, I began working part-time at the New York Transit Museum as an Administrative Intern, and during my senior year, I had the opportunity to complete a full-time internship at Ernst & Young as an Assurance Audit Intern. As a result of interning at both organizations, I was able to develop and enhance my accounting and finance knowledge, learned how to collaborate with other staff members, and operate in a fast-paced corporate environment. I was inspired to work for a non-profit organization after being a member of South Asian Youth Action (SAYA), which provides financial and educational support to college students. Since SAYA played an essential role in my academic success, I was very excited to find the opportunity with NAF because it will allow me to contribute to the organization’s mission. I am looking forward to working with NAF and contributing as much as I can to help the organization achieve its goals.