About the Author 

Aisha A. Alvarez is an award-winning higher education administrator, champion for inclusivity, and community activist with over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. A long time advocate for the underserved, she has partnered with well-recognized organizations such as NYPIRG (New York Public Interest Research Group), Autism Speaks, the Alzheimer’s Association, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Institute of International Education (IIE), The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Southern Partners Fund, Southeastern Council of Foundations, ICare4Autism, the Save A Girl Save A World organization, and her personal favorite, Clark Atlanta University, to uplift black and brown communities. 

Aisha’s recent book, Mommy’s Smile (which debuted at number one), highlights the challenges of living with autism from the perspective of a young boy named Josiah. Through this detailed, heartwarming account of his daily life, she shares his struggles, fears, and the complexities of completing day-to-day-tasks considered typical for children his age. Aisha believes she was born to serve and empower those around her. She uses her voice, talents, and agency to elevate her community and highlight untold stories. 

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