Riham LaRussa is an entrepreneur, a mom of two wonderful daughters, and the owner of Small Packages, a curated e-commerce gifting company.
Riham, a graduate of The Ohio State University with a major in Operations Management, is also the child of first-generation immigrants. As a child, she was able to spend time in Silwad, Palestine with her family and had an acute awareness of life outside of the American experience. She grew up in Westerville, Ohio, but always felt as though she stood out. She had a different-sounding name, was the only Muslim in her classes, and never knew who she was: the Palestinian girl or the American girl. Speaking about the experience, “It was difficult navigating childhood and saying I was proud of where I came from. People either had complete empathy, confusion or didn’t think the country even existed.”