MAPS Board & Leadership

MAPS LEADERSHIP TEAM

Muslim Americans in Public Service is managed by a Board of Directors, which are supported by Deputy Directors, specialized Board Committees, and a standing, non-decision-making Advisory Council.

To facilitate its mission effectively, MAPS also organizes State Committees for sub-national member and policy coordination; facilitates the establishment of MAPS Chapter Employee Resource Groups (ERGS) within Federal Departments and Agencies; and convenes both State and Federal Leadership Coordination Councils to provide fora for sustained cooperation and collaboration across similarly focused Muslim public service associations and organizations. 

MAPS also coordinates several professional Communities of Practice (COPs) to support members currently serving, or looking to serve, within specific career tracks across all levels and branches of government.

MAPS regularly engages partner organizations to collaborate on national and local initiatives, create synergies, and reduce organizational redundancies. 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MAPS objectives and activities are developed and executed by an experienced Board of Directors

The Board is comprised of a dedicated Executive Committee that serves alongside senior public servants and community organizers that help guide decisions as At-Large Members.

Together, participating in their personal capacities, they represent a diversity of professional backgroundsethnic and Muslim faith communities, levels and branches of government experience, and civil society engagement.

Ahmad Maaty

Chair
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Natasha Syed

Vice Chair
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Hassan Sheikh

Outreach Director
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Mariya Ilyas

Professional Development Director
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Mariam Siddiqui

Policy Director
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Assma Daifallah

Membership Director
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Hamza Rahman

Operations Director
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Mayeen Mohammedi

Communications Director
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Tamim Chowdhury

Finance Director
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Ameer Abdulrahman

General Secretary
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Maryum Saifee

Board Member At Large
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Reja Younis

Board Member At Large
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BOARD DEPUTY DIRECTORS & COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Board Committees and Task Forces may be formed by the MAPS Board as needed to achieve MAPS’ mission and organizational priorities. These include the Board Committees for Membership, Operations, Professional Development, Communications, Policy, Outreach, and Finance, as well as the Standing Legal Advocacy and Public Private Partnership Committees.

Board Deputy Directors support their respective Directors, shape their specialized portfolios, manage their Committees, and execute their duties and voting obligations in their absence. Deputies serve key sustainability goals while ensuring diversity of thought, consensus building and continuity of operations.

Committee Chairs lead additional Board Committees that tackle novel and experimental functions and goals in service of our membership and broader community.

Shiraz Baig

Deputy Policy Director
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Ruhan Syed

Deputy Communications Director
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Shahid Khan

Deputy Professional Development Director
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Madiha Zuberi

Deputy Professional Development Director for Judicial Appointments
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Amatullah R'id

Deputy Membership Director
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Aamer Uddin

Deputy Outreach Director
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Jalal Maqableh

Deputy Operations Director
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Sanaa Ansari Khan

Chair, Legal Advocacy Committee
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Shawn Syed

Chair, Public Private Partnership Committee
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MAPS STATE COMMITTEES

Coordinated by MAPS’ Outreach Director, State Committees help organize MAPS National members and local public servants, and represent MAPS among government officials within their respective States. 

These local leaders ensure community and professional development are brought directly to local public servants where they live and work. 

Presidents of all MAPS State Committees are also connected to one another on a State Leadership Coordination Council. Learn more about our State Committees, including their full leadership and individual resources here.

Sara Rawshanara

President, MAPS New York
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Sofia Abdi

President, MAPS Massachusetts
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Mahanaz Ebadi

President, MAPS California
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Machhadie Assi

President, MAPS Michigan
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BOARD COMMITTEE MEMBERS & SPECIALISTS

Board Committees and Task Forces formed by the MAPS Board to achieve MAPS’ mission and organizational priorities rely on qualified members and specialists that serve as key resources with their respective portfolios and to the organization at large. 

While not shown below, Board Committees also include other Board members, Deputy Directors and leaders.

Maisa Munawara

Webmaster; Member, Operations Committee
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Shaz Akram

Resume Reviewer; Member, Professional Development Committee
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Rida Hameed

Resume Reviewer; Member, Professional Development Committee
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MaDïha Mahmood

Executive Coach; Member, Professional Development Committee
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Saeb Ahsan

Member, Professional Development Committee
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CAPT Moira McGuire

Member, Membership Committee
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MAPS COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE

Coordinated by MAPS’ Professional Development Director, MAPS convenes several professional Communities of Practice (COPs) that connect members based on common public service career tracks. These associations also serve to introduce and integrate prospective public servants directly into their desired public service professions. 

Each COP is led by a Chief of Practice and a Deputy Chief of Practice that facilitate general and agency-specific career panels, mentorship, skill sharing, knowledge management, recruitment and advancement services for specialized roles in all levels and branches of government.

MAPS currently supports COPS for public service professionals in National Security/ Foreign Policy, Cybersecurity, Health, Legal, and Economics roles, with more under development. 

Junaid

Chief of Practice, National Security & Foreign Policy Community of Practice (COP)
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Ahmed Elsobky

Deputy Chief of Practice, National Security & Foreign Policy Community of Practice (COP)
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FEDERAL LEADERSHIP COORDINATION COUNCIL

Coordinated by MAPS’ Outreach Director, MAPS convenes two Leadership Coordination Councils (Federal and State) to provide fora for sustained cooperation and collaboration across similarly focused organizations, and to allow input into the programs and services of MAPS National. 

While the State Leadership Coordination Council connects the Presidents of all MAPS State Committees above, the MAPS Federal Leadership Coordination Council is comprised of representatives of established Muslim staff associations across the Federal government. Represented organizations include MAPS Federal Chapters and other Muslim employee resource groups, employee networking/ affinity groups, and volunteer employee associations across the Federal Inter-agency. 

Leadership Coordination Council members participate in MAPS in their official capacities representing their respective organizations. Participation in MAPS does not reflect or imply endorsement by the listed U.S. Government agencies and departments.

Murat Omay

President, MAPS DOT, ERG at the US Department of Transportation
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Nadia Ahmed

President, MAPS DOJ, ERG at the US Department of Justice
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Hassan Sheikh

President, MAPS LOC, ERG at the US Library of Congress
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Aamer Uddin

President, MAPS DOC, ERG at the US Department of Commerce
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Farha Haq

President, MAPS DOL, ERG at the US Department of Labor
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Bilal Perry

President, MAPS SBA, ERG at the US Small Business Administration
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Mariya Ilyas

Co-Chair, AMFAS, ERG at the US Department of State
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Katie Qutub

President, UMERG, ERG at the US Agency for International Development
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All Board members participate in MAPS in their personal capacities, while Leadership Coordination Council members serve in their official organizational capacities. Participation in MAPS does not reflect or imply endorsement by the U.S. Government or any of its agencies and departments.

Ahmad Maaty currently serves as a Senior Economist with the U.S. Department of Justice, developing Federal regulations for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). He worked in a similar regulatory capacity at the U.S. Department of Transportation, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, including as Acting Chief Economist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He also deployed as an Inter-Governmental Affairs Specialist during FEMA emergency responses to disaster declarations in Texas and Puerto Rico.

Previously, Ahmad served as a Franklin Fellow with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources, helping craft State and USAID’s economic growth budget and strategy. He also helped introduce data tools to guide assistance as a founding member of the Country Data Analytics team, liaising with the White House National Security Council on bi-lateral investment opportunities. Ahmad first joined State ten years earlier, helping cover the Middle East portfolio before the United Nations Security Council for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. 

During the eight year interval in Federal service, Ahmad held roles with the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Islamic Development Bank, developing economic growth, poverty reduction, and evaluation programs with fieldwork in over a dozen countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East. 

A New York City native, he served as President of the Arab Students Association at Pace University in downtown Manhattan during the events of September 11th, 2001, and on the Board of the Muslim Students Association at the George Washington University in Washington DC. Ahmad earned his Masters in Public Administration from Cornell University, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Cornell policy journal.

Natasha Shah Syed is a seasoned public servant with over 15 years of expertise in human resources, program and operations management, strategic communications and outreach. Natasha earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Virginia Tech, USA and her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. 


A recent political appointee serving as a Special Assistant to the National Capital Region Regional Administrator (Region 11) in the General Services Administration (GSA), Natasha has excelled in providing management and advisory level support across various functional areas to government, nonprofit and private agencies in the U.S. and abroad. 


From helping implement early education programs in rural Pakistan to enforcing federal Section 3 regulations protecting marginalized communities in America and championing recruitment and outreach efforts to promote careers in public service, Natasha has leveraged her knowledge, skills and expertise to implement local and international policy directives while working for agencies like the Prince William County Service Authority, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), City of Roanoke, Virginia, United Nations Global Pulse (UNGP), the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Save the Children International. 


Serving as the former MAPS Deputy Outreach Director and current Vice Chair, Natasha hopes to continue serving the Muslim community and  bettering as many lives as possible. She can be reached at vicechair@mapsnational.org.


Hassan Sheikh is an Analyst in Public Health Emergency Management in the Congressional Research Service for the Library of Congress, where he serves as an authoritative, non-partisan expert for Members of Congress on issues related to public health crises and the FDA regulation of drugs.

Before entering public service at CRS, Hassan served at the local jurisdictional level with the City of Baltimore, where he served as a Medical Countermeasure Coordinator for Baltimore’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. In that position, he was responsible for coordinating Baltimore’s response to major health crises. Most notably, Hassan served as a key architect in Baltimore’s COVID-19 response where he oversaw a number of response operations such as ensuring that healthcare systems had the equipment they needed to keep their facilities operational during the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 and the mass vaccination of tens of thousands of Baltimore City residents against COVID-19.  

Prior to his time in Baltimore City, Hassan had served as a community pharmacist in the Northeastern United States area. His prior experiential experiences had afforded him the opportunity to practice pharmacy in a myriad of settings including the Indian Health Service, United States Air Force, and a Caribbean Rural Healthcare Clinic. These experiences led Hassan to the development of coordinated health care strategies to better serve his community. While working as a community pharmacist, Hassan would serve as a mentor for pharmacy student interns and would travel to the Caribbean to serve as preceptor for student pharmacists.  

Hassan’s career has spanned the cross section of health and law, and at every juncture, he has chosen to apply his experiences in the way that best has taken any opportunity that best allows him to serve his community.

Hassan graduated with his Doctor of Pharmacy in 2012 from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. After three years as a practicing pharmacist for medically underserved populations in Vermont and New Hampshire, he decided to pursue a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, from which he graduated in 2018 with a specialization in health law and policy. Hassan can be reached at outreach@mapsnational.org.

Mariya Ilyas is a career U.S. Foreign Service Officer currently serving as a Political-Military Officer in the Office of Regional Security and Arms Transfers in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. Mariya previously served as the Non-Immigrant Visa Chief at the U.S. Embassy Doha, Qatar and as Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy Amman, Jordan. She is the co-chair of American Muslims and Friends at State (AMFAS) employee organization at the U.S. State Department.

Prior to joining the U.S. Foreign Service as a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow, she taught English as a Fulbright Scholar in Antalya, Turkey and worked as a data analyst at Liberty Mutual Insurance in Boston. Mariya has held internships at The White House, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Pakistan Affairs, the U.S. Embassy Bangkok, and the Population Reference Bureau. She launched a journalism program in her native Pakistan as a recipient of the national Davis Projects for Peace Award and completed the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship at Princeton University.

Mariya holds an MA in security studies, international business, and global maritime affairs from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she earned the academic distinction of Honos Civicus. She graduated with a BA in mathematics from Bowdoin College, where she was a Chamberlain Scholar and was recognized for her dedication to service through the Heart and Soul Award and Roosevelt D. Franklin Cup. Mariya is proficient in Arabic, Urdu, and Hindi and conversational in Turkish and Spanish. She enjoys volunteering on the Bowdoin College Alumni Council and as the professional development director for Muslim Americans in Public Service (MAPS).

Mariam is currently working as a Strategist with a digital and data political media consulting firm working with high-profile clients including the DNC, Biden for President, and Planned Parenthood. She previously worked for the House Judiciary Committee aiding in the impeachment trials of former President Trump and as a staffer for Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib.
 
Alongside her congressional experience, she has also worked on state and national campaigns serving as a fellow for Warren for President and media strategist for Beto for Texas. She started her career helping to build the capacity of Muslim American civil society with the El-Hibri Foundation in D.C. and strives to foster diverse dialogues through these leadership positions. 
 
In her free time, she volunteers at Canopy Northwest Arkansas (NWA), a nonprofit refugee resettlement organization, where she tutors and mentors children recently resettled in Northwest Arkansas. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Political Science. Mariam can be reached at policy@mapsnational.org.

Assma Daifallah is a highly accomplished education consultant and strategic leader with over a decade of experience in the field. Assma collaborates with states, schools, institutions, and educators to create innovative strategies and solutions. Her expertise lies in curriculum development, teacher training, and advanced educational technology to enhance educational outcomes. Assma consistently fosters positive learning environments, promotes inclusivity, and empowers educators and students throughout her various roles.

Currently, at the Illinois State Board of Education, Assma works as a consultant and leads a monitoring team to ensure that programs adhere to both state and federal regulations. Assma also leads presentations to districts on the support and compliance monitoring protocols tailored to dually identified students, particularly English learners, and immigrant students. This initiative reflects her commitment to closely aligning educational practices with the stringent mandates set by state and federal laws.

With academic credentials that underscore her expertise, Assma holds a B.A. from Saint Xavier University in secondary education and social science with a minor in international studies. She also earned an M.A. in Higher Administration from Tiffin University. Currently, she is a doctoral student at Kent State University, further solidifying her commitment to ongoing learning and research in the field of education.

Hamza Rahman is a Biden-Harris political appointee, currently serving as the Advisor for External Affairs at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this role, Hamza engages with NGOs, state and local government and members of Congress to further the priorities laid down by ICE leadership, DHS leadership and the President.

Prior to joining DHS, Hamza was a Summer Associate at a law firm and worked for the Democratic Party of Georgia as a Field Organizer.

Hamza holds a B.A. in Political Science from the Georgia State University, where he served as Student Body Executive Vice President and member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.

Mayeen Mohammedi serves as a Country Desk Officer for the Europe, Mediterranean, and Asia region for the United States Peace Corps. Mayeen worked on the Public Information and Communications team at the United Nations Department of Safety and Security. She also served as an Anti-Racism fellow with the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative and as a Citizen Historian with the 1947 Partition Archive, a nonprofit organization which documents eyewitness accounts from the partition of India. 
 
Mayeen has previously lived in The Gambia, West Africa for two years to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer and worked on issues like child marriage, female genital mutilation, and girls’ education in the village of Gambisara during her service. She also served as president of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, sparking unprecedented conversations about immigration, colonization, race, and privilege within the volunteer community.
 
Mayeena Hyderabadi Indian-American who grew up in multicultural Southern California, has lived in Ecuador, South Korea, The Gambia, Saudi Arabia, and the Caribbean and speaks Hindi/Urdu, Sarahule, and conversational Spanish. Mayeen has traveled to 59 countries across 6 continents and aspires to one day be the first Muslim woman to visit every country in the world. She obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico and an international human rights law degree from the University of London. 

 

Tamim Chowdhury is a born-and-raised Chicagoan and a career public service professional with eighteen years of Federal experience. He has served in roles and specializations ranging from project management, and contracting, to policy, economic development and national program administration. He is currently a Senior Contracting Officer with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

Tamim is dedicated to the continuing development of the American Muslim community in civic life. In addition to serving on the MAPS National Board, he is also on the Board of the Muslim Caucus Education Collective. You can read his personal perspectives, thoughts and observations of our quickly changing world on his blog.

His passions stem from his M.A. in Education with a focus on transformational leadership and emotional and social intelligence. As Program Director, Tamim also Chairs MAPS’ Program Committee and can be reached at programs@mapsnational.org.

 

Ameer Abdulrahman is a policy advisor who has dedicated his career to advocating for marginalized communities concerning policy change. Ameer leads successful advocacy campaigns that center young people to create real solutions for a better future and advises legislators across the country. 

As a son of immigrants and refugees, Ameer believes in the importance of seeing people for their full humanity and in doing the work to provide them that opportunity.

Ameer currently serves as the National Campaign Manager at PERIOD. Previously, he was the Director of Operations on a United States Senate Campaign in Ohio. He can be reached at youthengagement@mapsnational.org.

 

Maryum Saifee is Outreach Officer with Mosaic employee affinity group at the U.S. Department of State, where she is a career U.S. Foreign Service Officer. She recently took a sabbatical where she was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Truman Center for National Policy. Her overseas postings included Embassies Cairo and Baghdad, as well as U.S. Consulate Lahore. Maryum also served in domestic assignments in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, and the Secretary’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs.

Prior to the Foreign Service, Maryum was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jordan focused on girls’ education and an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Seattle working with South Asian and Muslim immigrant survivors of domestic violence. She also worked for the Ford Foundation, Women Deliver, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Acumen Fund.

Maryum is an alumna of the Presidential Leadership Scholars and the Council on Foreign Relations term membership programs, and is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and the University of Texas at Austin. Maryum is participating in MAPS in her personal capacity, and can be reached at board@mapsnational.org.

Reja Younis is the associate fellow with the Project on Nuclear Issues in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). At CSIS, she leads research on nuclear deterrence issues, nuclear strategy, and emerging technologies.

Prior to working at CSIS, she completed a year-long fellowship with the Stimson Center, where she conducted research on nuclear deterrence and escalation in the context of South Asia.

Reja holds a BS in social sciences and liberal arts from the Institute of Business Administration and graduated with highest honors in political science. She completed her MA in international relations from the University of Chicago. Reja is a PhD student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a predoctoral fellow with the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, and a Board Fellow with the Board of Directors at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Shiraz Baig is currently a Staffer in the United States House of Representatives. A local to the DC Metro Area, Shiraz attended Northern Virginia Community College and graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 2021. In his role at the House of Representatives, he manages issues related to Economic Development, Commerce, Financial Institutions, Tax, Housing, Healthcare, and Infrastructure.

During his tenure in college, he was part of the student-run radio station, WGMU, providing exposure for up-and-coming and well-known artists. Shiraz is also currently making original music as the bassist for his band Infective Collective playing eclectic energetic music influenced by the psychedelic blues rock of the 60s as well as the irreverent alt rock of the 90s.

Working as a cog in the political machine during the day and promoting the art of rock and roll at night, Shiraz dedicates time to promoting the development of American Muslims in civic life in between. Having grown up seeing his parents struggle as federal employees and Muslims in a post-9/11 Washington D.C., Shiraz is always trying to find ways to advocate for Muslim voices in spaces where they go unheard.

 

Ruhan is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, and recently graduated with an honors degree in political science while also receiving an honors certificate in business management and a minor in Islamic studies from Indiana University, Bloomington. While at Indiana University Ruhan was rather involved on campus touting leadership and involvement in organizations such as IU Student Government, IU Funding Board, Muslim Student Association, Palestine Solidarity Committee, the Association of Big Ten Students, and many other organizations. Beyond serving as IU’s first Muslim Student Body Vice President, Ruhan also held a number of University committee appointments.

Professionally, Ruhan has spent time interning for OBAT Helpers inc., the Blue Lab political incubator, and in Congressman Andre Carson’s office as a Congressional Leadership Development Program fellow. Throughout his academic, extracurricular, and professional experiences Ruhan has managed policy, advocacy, and communications portfolios, as well as large staffs with a broad range of directives.
 
Currently, Ruhan is a digital associate at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee where he works on email and SMS production/drafting. In his free time Ruhan is a big fan of keeping up with the new Lord of the Rings show and rereading the Tolkien books. Ruhan can be reached at communications@mapsnational.org.
Shahid Khan is currently a civil servant with the US Department of Commerce. In 2016 he left his native Texas, where he supported the local racoon population that was eating garbage, to move to Washington DC and work for the federal government, where he now assists the hungry yet invasive squirrel population that primarily also eats garbage.
 
He’s worked as an economist and now has shifted to working as a trade and data analyst focusing on the Eastern Mediterranean region of the world. He holds a masters in Applied Economics and a bachelors in Economics from the University of Houston Main Campus where he also completed the South Asian American trial by fire for love of one’s parents by studying pre-medicine. He’s currently mid-way through his 2nd master’s degree in International Economic Policy concentrating on Economic Development in the Middle East at the George Washington University.
 
Shahid takes pride in being able to understand Sindhi as well as being able to read Urdu and speak Hindi-Urdu, albeit with a telltale American accent. He does regret losing the fluency he once held in Japanese but is using the same techniques to study Modern Standard Arabic. Shahid memorized the Quran at the age of 13, and has been a 1st dan in taekwondo which he trained for 10 years in addition to limited training in boxing and jiujutsu. His other volunteer efforts are primarily focused on suicide prevention with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and assisting at-risk homeless people obtain employment with The Village Connect. Shahid can be reached at professionaldevelopment@mapsnational.org.
Madiha M. Zuberi is senior counsel in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, Crypto Asset and Cybersecurity Unit in the Los Angeles Regional Office.  As an Enforcement attorney, Madiha conducts investigations for possible violations of federal securities laws related to crypto markets and disclosures and controls issues with respect to cybersecurity. Some recent investigations of the Unit include FTX and Silicon Valley Bank.
 
Prior to joining the SEC, Madiha was an attorney at BakerHostetler in the New York and Los Angeles offices where she served as counsel to the Trustee liquidating the Bernie Madoff estate.  As counsel, she investigated the $65 billion Ponzi to help garner funds for the Madoff victims.
 

Alongside her legal career, Madiha has devoted much of her time to increasing diversity within the legal community.  She is a co-founder of the Muslim Bar Association of New York (MuBANY) and the Muslim Bar Association of Southern California (MBASC), for both of which she served in leadership for many years.  Madiha received her J.D. from New York Law School in 2009. 

Amatullah R’id is Senior Advisor to the Deputy Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. At USAID, she advances key management and operations functions and reforms on behalf of the Deputy Administrator. Prior to this role, she was the Division Chief for the Learning and Knowledge Management Division in the Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation’s (DDI) Program Office, where she led several Community of Practices and provided Bureau-wide leadership in implementing risk mitigation, policy analysis and overseeing compliance, knowledge management and programmatic performance functions for the Bureau.  

Previously, Amatullah was Acting Division Chief and Senior Strategic Planning Analyst in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment’s (E3) Program Office. Amatullah has also previously held
several leadership positions at the US Environmental Protection Agency where she led the Agency’s Securing America’s Value and Efficiency (SAVE) award process, and teams that formulated the budget for Agency operating units and key Agency initiatives in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and the Office of General Counsel. 

Amatullah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Conservation Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University. She has held several leadership positions in organizations advancing environmental education and justice, energy efficiency, civic engagement, and service.

Aamer Uddin is an International Trade Specialist focusing on upstream materials utilized in industrial manufacturing at the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC). His portfolio encompasses critical minerals, consumer goods, and textiles, where he strategically leads initiatives. Committed to ethical practices, he actively supports the departmental lead in eliminating forced labor from global supply chains.

As a proud alumnus of the Future Leader in Public Service Fellowship, Aamer interned for the Office of the Secretary at the DOC. Prior to joining the DOC, he amassed diverse experiences in public policy and electoral politics. Aamer’s contributions extend to serving on the House Small Business Committee and organizing progressive campaigns across the Midwest, South, and New England regions. During his tenure in the House of Representatives, he played a pivotal role in staffing hearings dedicated to enhancing the global competitiveness of small businesses and shaping policy for COVID-19 relief.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Aamer holds degrees in public policy and organizational behavior from the University of Kansas. He has a successful entrepreneurship background, having founded and scaled a modular recycling business.

Jalal is the Executive Director of the FairField Center. The first conflict resolution and mediation center in the state of Virginia. He is also an adjunct instructor in business management and organizational science at James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University. Jalal, as well, is a part-time business advisor for Virginia Small Business Development Network.

Before moving to the US in 2015, Jalal worked in the Middles East as a senior consultant with many international organizations such as the UN, USAID, European Union. Throughout his intensive career path, Jalal gained a strong foundation in different topics like data analytics, organizational change management, strategy development, political communication, strategic planning, and monitoring and evaluation. Earlier in his career, he was an entrepreneur and started his own business which helped him later to win the highest award for young entrepreneurs in his country, Jordan.

Jalal has participated in many leadership programs such as the US Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and the Social Entrepreneurship Program at EMU. Jalal is a Ph.D. candidate (in the dissertation phase) at the School of Strategic Leadership Studies at James Madison University. His dissertation is on crisis leadership during the COVID-19 crisis. Jalal has a Master’s in Conflict Transformation and Peace Building and BS in Software Engineering. Jalal can be reached at programs@mapsnational.org.
Sanaa Ansari is Senior Counsel in the Digital Justice Initiative at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, one of our nation’s legacy civil rights organizations. Sanaa’s work focuses on technology’s impact on the rights of marginalized people, including their right to access online spaces and connect without hate, harassment and threats silencing them on and offline. 

Sanaa has worked on empowering American Muslim communities, previously by litigating online hate and harassment on behalf of Muslim individuals and communities for Muslim Advocates, and before that, by addressing American Muslim discrimination complaints in employment and public spaces for CAIR.

Sanaa centers inclusivity and intersectionality in working to achieve equity. She has served on government agency anti-discrimination initiatives, and currently Chairs MAPS’ Legal Advocacy Committee, which works to ensure Muslim government employees facing discrimination have adequate legal recourse.  

Founder & CEO of Syed and Associates Management Consulting LLC, Shawn Syed is a seasoned leader and management consultant with over 17 years of professional services experience, including over 6 years in the Big 4 (PwC). His extensive clientele includes Fortune 500 and Public Sector entities. He specializes in: Business Process Optimization, Finance & Accounting Transformation, Human Capital Management / HR Technology and Project Management.

Shawn is passionate about continuing his service to the public sector and being an ambassador to his authentic identity by mentoring and coaching entrepreneurs, management consultants and / or technologists. His public sector experience includes overseas deployment to Iraq, with the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO). He has also supported the public sector abroad including the UKs Department for International Development by serving as the chief executive of an interim management company responsible for operationalizing a $100M primary education program.

Shawn is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), credentialed Change Management Professional, Certified Human Capital Strategist. Mr. Syed completed three undergraduate degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Georgetown University. He can be reached at publicprivate@mapsnational.org.

 

Sara Rawshanara is currently one of several Chiefs of Staff within the New York City Mayor’s Office. Sara got her start in public service about seven years ago by overseeing the City’s social services budget, operations, and contracts at NYC OMB, which comprised 10% of the City’s overall budget. She then monitored the budget of the City’s contracts for several years until her current role overseeing policies that impact vulnerable populations, especially people with disabilities and the elderly. Being a Chief of Staff has also pulled Sara into a range of special projects beyond her current social services portfolio.

Sara also served in the Rohingya refugee camps in 2018 and then built an international coalition on disability and older adults advocacy in 2019 and onward. To build on this work, Sara has gone on to study foreign policy and international relations at Harvard earlier this year. Sara can be reached at newyork@mapsnational.org

Sofia Abdi is currently the Community Engagement Manager for Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, where she is dedicated to serving and advocating for the constituents, community partners, and municipalities of the Massachusetts 7th district. In her role, Sofia addresses diverse needs spanning immigration, housing, education, public safety, and various other areas.

Previously, Sofia served as the Program Outreach Coordinator for the City of Boston’s Diversity Office under Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration. In this role, she spearheaded impactful initiatives aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion within the Boston Police and Fire Department. Sofia’s work involved conducting in-depth research to identify areas for improvement and implementing strategies to enhance diversity recruitment and retention efforts within these vital public safety organizations. Moreover, Sofia played a crucial role in facilitating the successful reintegration of returning citizens into society. Through her efficient and empathetic approach, she addressed the diverse needs of returning citizens, providing them with the necessary support and resources to navigate the challenges of reentry.

Sofia also gained valuable experience working on Capitol Hill in Senator Ed Markey’s office. In this capacity, she ensured constituents’ voices were effectively represented on a wide range of issues, including healthcare, education, environment, and economic development.

Sofia pursued her academic journey at Northeastern University and Cambridge College, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology. Proudly calling Boston home, she actively advocates for marginalized communities, working tirelessly to create spaces where Muslim and immigrant voices are heard and their needs addressed. Her commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion underscores her passion for building equitable and empowered communities.

Mahanaz Ebadi is a Legislative Aide for a District Supervisor at San Francisco City Hall where she works on resolutions, ordinances and legislation improving the City and County of San Francisco. As an Attorney, she is passionate about working alongside the leaders of tomorrow regarding the injustices that women face globally. She aspires to set an example for Afghan women to be strong, outspoken, determined individuals and take active steps to partake in the betterment of themselves and their community.

The youngest of four children, Mahanaz is the child of immigrant parents who were granted political asylum back in the 1920’s during the invasion of Afghanistan. Her grandfather was given an award signed by Rosa Parks in recognition of having his name on the wall of tolerance honoring him for taking a personal and public stand against hate, injustice, and intolerance. His passion for advocacy, public interest, and the law was what inspired her to pursue her Juris Doctor.

Mahanaz completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California Davis with a Bachelors in both Psychology and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and two minors in History and UWP (University Writing Program). She graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law with a specialization in Public Interest and Family Law. Reach out to join or learn more about MAPS-California by contacting california@mapsnational.org.

Machhadie Assi (Micho) holds a position at the Michigan Democratic Caucus, as the office manager of the Michigan House Dem Communication, under the leadership of Speaker of the House Joe Tate. With over a decade of experience, Micho’s career journey exemplifies a strong dedication to justice and equality, governmental and nonprofit leadership, and operations, project management, and advocacy. Starting as a teaching assistant at the University of Michigan Dearborn’s Criminal Justice program, she transitioned to roles at the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office and later the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, notably as a special victim advocate on the flint water case, criminal prosecution unit

Micho has demonstrated proficiency in political campaigns, operational management, strategic communication, and outreach, particularly within the Arab American and Muslim American communities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she led operational efforts at the Michigan Muslim Community Council, establishing partnerships and leading crisis response initiatives,  serving over 27 community centers in 11 counties across Michigan.

Dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion, Micho advocates for voter engagement and collaborates with local and national nonprofit organizations to empower women of color and mobilize new American voters. Her insights have garnered recognition in various media outlets, and she has been a featured speaker at conventions nationally addressing topics such as political activism and immigrant empowerment. Her efforts highlight the significant role of naturalized citizens in shaping community and political landscapes, making her a prominent leader and advocate within her communities.

She has received numerous prestigious awards, recognizing her exceptional leadership, skills, and dedication to her values. Some of her notable achievements include being named a “Difference Maker” by the University of Michigan in 2017, recognized nationally among Arab America’s “40 under 40” in 2023, honored as a women leader by USA Hello in 2020, and receiving the 2022 Sgt Vincent J. Bell Service Award. She has also been acknowledged as an Arab American leader by NPNA in 2023 and distinguished as the “Voice of the Voiceless”  by the Washington Center 2023. Additionally, she has been recognized as “Women on the Move” by We Are All America.

Micho has several key areas of focus, including championing gender equality, advocating for the rights of immigrants and refugees, empowering minority women, and bolstering voting participation and civic engagement among naturalized citizens. She firmly believes that those who intimately understand the struggles should hold the reins of influence and authority.

Maisa Munawara is currently a Project Assistant working on human rights and inclusive governance programming across South Asia at NDI. She graduated with her M.A. in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice from Queen’s University Belfast and is a proud Elliott Alumna with a B.A. in International Affairs from GWU. 

Her passion for peacebuilding and development is rooted in her parents’ experiences as first-generation Bengali and Muslim American immigrants (where the only radio stations allowed on morning rides to school were NPR and BBC World). She is enthusiastic about localized peacebuilding, increasing access to culturally-grounded mental health and psychosocial care, and supporting transformative justice initiatives through her work and research. 

Maisa’s professional experience includes interning for Search for Common Ground and Mercy Corps Global alongside being the accidental “web wizard” for several college programs (although it may not exactly have been the SWE tech career her engineer parents envisioned for her).

Shaz Akram has been the Executive Director of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group (WFPG), the Deputy Director of the Fulbright Association, and the Assistant Director at both the International Services Office and the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center at Mississippi State University.

In these roles, she led growth of membership and developed young professional networks, introducing career counselling and social innovation projects, produced large Fulbright Conferences and TEDx salons; multiplied organizational communication capacity; and spearheaded programs like the Fulbright prize that recently honored Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Germany. At WFPG she led various foreign policy panels, developed programs with UN Women and the Diplomatic community in DC. She is a prolific fundraiser with a track record of growing organizational portfolios.

Shaz, a Nigerian-born Pakistani, began her career working in the Civil Superior Services (CSS) in Pakistan before moving to the US. A skilled foreign affair professional, with a career in public service and international affairs, Shaz has built an impressive network of foreign leaders, diplomats and connections within the higher education, government, and non-profit world in the US and abroad. Shaz Akram currently serves on the board of directors of the Public Diplomacy Council of America (PDCA) and is a Governor of DACOR, Inc. & Trustees of DACOR Bacon House Foundation.

Rida Hameed is a PhD Economics candidate at American University, with a double Master’s in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and the University of Warwick. She is currently working as a Consultant at the World Bank in the Social Protection and Jobs South Asia Region (SAR) and has also worked in the Digital Development East Asia Pacific (EAP) Department in the past.

Prior to this, Rida has worked as a Data Analyst on multiple education and health-related projects funded by WHO, UNICEF and British Council. She is passionate about mentoring and currently serve as a Mentor for Graduate Applications International Network (GAIN), and Women in Economics Initiative (WiE). Rida has also served as a Mentor for the Warwick Women’s Careers Society and Warwick Women in Economics in the past.

MaDïha Mahmood is an Organizational Effectiveness Strategist and Executive Coach with over 20 years of experience in Human Capital Consulting. As a Workforce Planner with the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, MaDïha leads workforce analytics, succession planning, team development, and employee engagement initiatives. She also serves as an Executive Coach and primarily works with senior leaders who are looking to level up their executive presence and leadership capabilities. 

Prior to joining Interior, MaDïha worked in the private sector in management consulting and the transportation industry. MaDïha’s passion lies in understanding people’s stories, learning what drives them, and helping them plan for their career and legacy as leaders. 

In addition to her public service career, MaDïha dedicates her time serving her community by volunteering at her children’s public schools, and as a leader in a Boy Scouts of America troop for Muslim-girls. 

MaDïha received her MBA from University of Maryland College Park in 2005. 

Saeb serves as the Data Governance Specialist at the US Department of Transportation, where he coordinates priorities with the Operating Administrations for the Data Governance Working Group. He has previously worked in management and technology roles in the private sector, including ZS Associates and Accenture, and as an Open Cities Fellow for the nonprofit Sunlight Foundation.  

Saeb received a Masters in Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where he was an inaugural Pearson Institute Fellow, and a Bachelors from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was the first business graduate awarded a Fulbright Fellowship.
  
Saeb grew up as a US expatriate living Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and is a history enthusiast.. 

CAPT Moira McGuire is a nurse officer with the US Public Health Service who retired in 2022 after 30 years of uniformed service.  Her final position was Division Chief of Integrative Health & Wellness at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. She also established and served as Chief of the Arts in Health Program at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, a first-of-its-kind within the Defense Health Agency.  She has worked extensively with vulnerable populations in behavioral health and oncology settings, and in 2010 was hand-selected to establish the Sea Services Warrior Clinic at the National Naval Medical Center where she used her skills and experience to craft and enhance the care of our country’s wounded, ill, and injured service members as the Program Manager.

She has been a member of the US Public Health Service Mental Health Team 3 since its inception in 2006 and served as Team Commander from 2012 to 2015.  She has deployed and/or facilitated over 16 deployments including Hurricane Sandy, Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Unaccompanied Children Mission, and the Ebola response.

She is the founder of the annual Healing Arts Exhibit at Walter Reed, ongoing since 2004, which provides a showcase for those using the arts in their treatment and recovery experiences; a plank owner of the United States Public Health Service Music Ensemble and CO-Lead of the Choral Ensemble for 13 years; and a founding member of the National Initiative for Arts & Health Across the Military in partnership with Americans for the Arts. She is the daughter of a Marine opera singer/voice teacher father and pianist/painter/playwright mother who studied Irish Dance, ballet, piano, violin, flute, and harp. 

The focus of her professional work lies in the belief that creativity and expression are not only essential elements in the treatment of illness and injury, but in the prevention of them as well.

Junaid is a Certified Department of Defense All-Source Analyst and US Army Combat Veteran. 

While studying for medical school, Junaid joined the US Army Reserve in 2001 and dedicated his life’s work to defending his country and religion which were attacked on 9/11. Junaid left medical and dental school when he was deployed for Iraq where he decided to make a career in national security and was later stationed in Washington, DC. Junaid has been working between the Pentagon and overseas in Afghanistan as a military member, defense contractor and federal employee. 

Junaid enjoys networking with other Muslims in government, particularly the National Security/Foreign Policy sector, and mentoring younger Muslims newer to government/DoD/military service or helping Muslims interested in getting jobs in these fields.

Ahmed Elsobky is an International Relations Specialist focusing on serving the Middle East and Central Asia regions at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – Customs and Border Protection.  His duties include the development of diplomatic relations with foreign partners and expanding CBP’s border security mission across the globe.  Simultaneously, he is a Chief Warrant Officer II with the US Army Reserve assigned to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Prior to his tenure at DHS CBP, he served as a Senior Intelligence Operations Specialist at the DHS – Economic Security Mission Center (ESMC), leading several projects supporting the intelligence community and U.S. national security. Prior to joining the ESMC, Ahmed served as a Principal Counterintelligence Threat Finance at the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Command (USACIC), where he conducted internal threat and financial crimes investigations.  Prior to USACIC, Ahmed served as an associate director of business intelligence at KPMG.  Prior to KPMG, he served as a senior consultant with Deloitte & Touché, supporting the Department of Treasury’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

He holds an Executive Master of Business Administration in Finance and Corporate Strategy from Rutgers Business School and an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and International Relations from Albright College

Murat is a Program Manager at the ITS JPO leading the ITS Data Program, along with a portfolio of strategic initiatives enabling innovative use of data through collaborations, advanced analytics, and AI/ML applications.

Prior to his tenure at the ITS JPO, he served as a Senior Program Manager at the Federal Transit Administration’s Research & Mobility Innovation Office leading several mobility innovation initiatives, developing strategic partnership and business models, integrating advanced technologies into transit operations and performance measurement, and managing development of advanced systems for transportation accessibility.  Prior joining the FTA, Murat served as a Principal Transportation Engineer at Battelle Memorial Institute, where he managed ITS technology and policy research programs involving multi-modal transportation system integration, transportation accessibility technologies, and sustainability/resilience of the Nation’s transportation network.

The first part of Murat’s 25-year career involved serving as an engineering consultant in the private sector. He also volunteers his time to serve on the Board of Directors for Alexandria Transit Company (aka DASH), City of Alexandria Transportation Commission, and Partnership for Public Service – Federal Innovation Council.

He holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design and graduate degrees in Sustainable Transportation from University of Washington and Transport Engineering and Planning from Edinburgh Napier University, as well as a Public Leadership Credential from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. He is also a graduate of the AI Federal Leadership Program offered by the Partnership for Public Service. On his free time, Murat enjoys spending time with his family, mentoring young professionals in navigating the technology and transportation environments, playing tennis and racquetball, taking scuba diving trips, and working in his garage woodshop restoring old mechanic’s toolboxes.

Nadia Janjua Ahmed is an Assistant United States Attorney in District of Nevada. Nadia has served as a federal prosecutor for more than twelve years and is currently in the Appellate Division within USANV.  Nadia has also practiced privately as a litigator in the fields of criminal defense, civil rights, regulatory matters, and general business litigation both in Nevada and in California.

Nadia clerked for the Honorable Johnnie B. Rawlinson with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit between 2007 and 2009. Nadia currently serves as Secretary on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML) (the nation’s oldest national Muslim bar association), and chaired NAML’s 2022 Annual Conference.

Nadia earned her juris doctor from Columbia Law School in 2004, with certification from CLS’s Parker School for Foreign and Comparative Law. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and three children.

Farha Haq is an attorney and serves as an Expert at the U.S. Department of Labor where she works on complex cases of systemic employment discrimination. She is passionate about worker rights, pay equity, fair employment practices and has substantial experience in federal enforcement work. Ms. Haq is a multi-year recipient of the prestigious U.S. Secretary of Labor Honor Awards for Exceptional Achievement and Worker Protection.

Jermaine Perry is a business operations professional specializing in operations management, systems thinking, and project management. He currently works at the U.S. Small Business Administration developing and executing program-level policies and procedures.

Jermaine is a graduate of Central State University (OH) and received his MBA from Ohio Dominican University. Additionally, he is an Excellence in Government Fellow and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

Katie Qutub currently serves as an Economics Program Manager in USAID’s Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation (DDI), Center for Economics and Market Development. The projects she manages ensure that USAID missions around the world have timely access to expertise in economics analysis and research and program evaluation and design. 

Prior to entering that role, she spent three years serving as the Planning Manager for the design and implementation of the DDI Bureau, the most complex piece of USAID’s 2018-2020 Transformation. Katie has been recognized for her efforts to ensure that staff affected by the reorganization had opportunities to engage in planning for how the Bureau would operate. Katie has also worked on Health Teams for USAID’s Asia Bureau and Latin America and the Caribbean Bureau, and for USAID contractors, the World Bank, and the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.  Her career has taken her to more than 20 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South and Central America, Sub-saharan Africa, and the Caribbean. 

Katie has a BS in Public and Nonprofit Administration from Grand Valley State University and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Arizona. She also has a Certification in Public Health.

Learn more about UMERG at USAID here.

 

Leveraging her expertise in international development, foreign policy, diplomacy, & advocacy, Fatema Z. Sumar leads efforts to fight poverty by transforming global systems in reaching vulnerable populations. She is the author of the book, The Development Diplomat: Working Across Borders, Boardrooms, and Bureaucracies to End Poverty.

Fatema most recently served as the Vice President of Compact Operations at the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a role appointed by President Biden. She oversaw all the agency’s compacts – MCC’s signature grant investment vehicle to reduce poverty. She previously served as MCC’s Deputy Vice President for Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Latin America.

Fatema has a distinguished career in the U.S. government in both executive & legislative branches. She previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia at the US Department of State where she led efforts to expand regional economic and energy connectivity & as a Presidential Management Fellow. In Congress, she was a Senior Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee focused on Afghanistan, Pakistan, & the broader region.

In civil society, Fatema was the Vice President of Global Programs at Oxfam America where she oversaw regional development & humanitarian response to fight the injustice of poverty. Early in her career, she also worked at the American Civil Liberties Union.

Fatema sits on Advisory Boards for Princeton, Cornell, & Indiana universities & on the Advisory Council for Muslim Americans in Public Service. She has been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, The New Republic, The Hill, & other outlets. She is a frequent guest speaker & has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives & U.S. Senate.

Fatema has a MPA from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and a BA in Government from Cornell University. She studied abroad at the American University in Cairo and received an honorary doctorate from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey.

Dr. Nader Metwalli has been a staff scientist with the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Bethesda, MD campus since early 2020. Before joining the NIH, he served as a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office (USPTO) working in the Alexandria, VA main office. 

Prior to Federal service, Nader has held a number of research and development centric roles throughout his career in private industry and entrepreneurship. 

Nader received his doctorate degree in bioengineering/biomedical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology/Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He can be reached at board@mapsnational.org.

Ahmad Maaty is a Senior Economist with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), where he conducts regulatory analyses and evaluations of the societal impacts of proposed safety and environmental regulations on the U.S. oil, gas and energy transportation industries. 

He worked in a similar regulatory capacity at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, including as Acting Chief Economist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and previously as an economic growth advisor with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources, among other international and multilateral institutions.

Ahmad holds a BBA from George Washington University and an MPA from Cornell University.

Learn more about MAPS at DOT here.

Asad Nawaz has formerly served successive terms as Vice President and President of the American Muslim and Arabic Cultural Association (AMACA) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Asad began his public service career in 2004 examining patent applications at the USPTO. Currently a Supervisory Patent Examiner, he leads a group of primary and junior patent examiners in the field of Multiplex Communications and VoIP. Asad has worked with European Patent Office (EPO) counterparts on the Cooperate Patent Classification System, and has served as an Advisor to the Commissioner for Patents. 

In furtherance of his strong belief in personal and professional development, Asad has served as lead Trainer in the Patent Training Academy and as a Resource Supervisor at the Office of Innovation Development. He is also in the process of obtaining his Associate Certified Coach (ICF) credential as part of USPTO’s Career Coach Program. 

Asad completed an Executive Education Certificate in Public Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he was also part of the Senior Executive Fellows program. Asad received a BS in Computer Science and an MS in Information Security and Assurance from George Mason University. He can be reached at professionaldevelopment@mapsnational.org.

 

Muqaddas Ejaz is a community advocate and activist. She is currently serving her second term as a member of New Jersey’s Cherry Hill Democratic Committee, where she was the first Muslim elected in 2017. Her leadership skills have been applied on various boards, including the Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission. The Commission works to strengthen the cultural framework of Camden County by educating the community and supporting local organizations with funding and technical assistance to deepen the interactions between cultural practitioners and residents. 

Devoted to serving others, Muqaddas remains involved in several grassroots organizations that work towards the development of local communities and the betterment of New Jersey’s diverse citizens. She serves as the Director of Community Engagement for The Muslim Network, co-led the First Annual Camden County S.U.R.E. (Students United for Respect & Equity) Summit for the youth, and co-founder of Know Your Muslim Neighbor, South Jersey. Previously, she has also served as the lead for the English as a Second Language and Computer Literacy program at the Muslim American Community Association and has designed, planned, and led other seminars, community and cultural events for the diverse community. 

Muqaddas has been recently recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) chapter of South Jersey as Community Advocate of the Year. She was also awarded the Camden County Freedom Medal in 2018 for her community service, and U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-1) recognized her as a Woman of Honor in Education. She can be reached at outreach@mapsnational.org.

Hichem Hadjeres is currently the project coordinator for water management R&D at the Office of Fossil Energy’s Advanced Energy and Hydrogen Systems Division of the Department of Energy.

Before moving to D.C., Hichem was active in the water innovation space in the Boston area, both as a clean tech entrepreneur and research scientist, and was a founder of the New England Water Environment Association’s Innovation Committee.

He is equally passionate about youth development, and served in various capacities as a youth mentor and program developer throughout the east coast and overseas.

Hichem holds a master’s degree in hydrology from the University of Rhode Island and a bachelor’s in geosciences and a minor in economics from Wesleyan University. He can be reached at youthengagement@mapsnational.org.

 

Dr. Leila Hanafi is a Moroccan-American international development lawyer with a record of service in international organizations and  multilateral institutions. She is currently a senior legal adviser with the World Bank Group and adjunct law professor at George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C.  Leila is Founder and Principal of ARPA international Law Group, an international development law firm, and has served in legal advisory roles to United Nations agencies, including UNOPS, UNDP and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), as well as foreign governments.

Previously, Leila oversaw the International Criminal Court’s Middle East and North Africa Coalition work and served as staff attorney and programs manager of the American Bar Association (ABA) World Justice Project. Amidst the Arab Spring reforms, she was selected by the Moroccan Government as Law Commissioner in the National Inter-Governmental Commission for Policy Dialogue and Constitutional Reforms.

Leila is a graduate of American University, Georgetown University, and George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C., and earned her doctorate in law in the United Kingdom under a fully funded merit doctoral scholarship. She can be reached at board@mapsnational.org.

 

David Hunsicker is one of the founding members of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Muslims Employee Resource Group (UMERG) and a current member of their board. He is a Senior Conflict and Peacebuilding Advisor and the Middle East Team Leader in USAID’s Center for Conflict and Violence Prevention where he specializes in issues of religion, identity and conflict. 

David spent eight years living and working in the Central Asian Republics of the former Soviet Union, including three years as the Religion, State and Society Specialist in USAID’s Central Asian regional mission. In this capacity, he was responsible for advising USAID and U.S. Embassies in the five Central Asian republics on integrating religious communities into U.S. Government-funded development programming. Previously, David also worked at the U.S. Embassy in Uzbekistan where he provided support to local human rights groups and facilitated Embassy outreach to religious leaders. 

David holds a BA in Islamic Studies from the University of Michigan and an MA in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization from the University of Washington. He can be reached at board@mapsnational.org.

Fozia Janjua sits on the Township Council in the Philadelphia suburb of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey and is the first Muslim and Pakistani-American councilwoman elected to office in South Jersey. An educator who has a passion for service and social justice, Fozia is a founding board member of a local nonprofit called CommunitySJP whose mission is to unite communities through service and promote civic engagement.

A longtime community organizer and public servant, Fozia has helped people navigate the housing, schooling, and justice system throughout the years. At an early age, Fozia started volunteering, working with, and advocating for the marginalized members of her local community.  

As a first-generation Pakistani American, and one of three girls, she considers herself fortunate to be born in one of the most inclusive cities in the world, San Francisco, California, and raised by two very progressive, socially conscious parents who instilled the values of hard work, education, and especially the concept of giving back.

Fozia graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Sociology. She can be reached at board@mapsnational.org.

Rummi Khan is an experienced campaign manager, project manager, and strategist at the intersection of culture, faith communities, and politics. He has over a decade of experience in public affairs, political campaigns, community engagement, and event management.

Rummi currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), a national public affairs nonprofit organization working to promote and strengthen American pluralism by increasing understanding and improving policies that impact American Muslims for the past 30 years.

Prior to MPAC, Rummi co-founded an international arts and culture initiative and served in leadership roles on Presidential, Congressional, and Federal Policy campaigns. Rummi can be reached at board@mapsnational.org.

Fazal Mirza is a co-founder and Vice-President of the Muslim Americans in Public Service (MAPS) employee resource group at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), where he is a Senior Contracting Officer and Team Lead with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). With a $25 million warrant, and a FAC-C Level III certification, he has procured over $830 million in goods and services for the Federal government. His procurement expertise is with R&D contracts to strengthen the nations pipeline infrastructure, and complex IT services. Fazal leads a team of Contract Specialists on a day to day basis.

During his time at DOT, he was selected to be on a detail with the DOT Office of the Senior Procurement Executive, which involved implementing a Grants Management Certification Program within DOT and implementing policy for the Department’s 11,300 Acquisition Workforce employees. In addition, Fazal was selected to start a new IT Acquisition Center of Excellence (DOT IT ACE) Contracting Office, under which all IT commodities and services would be procured.

Fazal has also participated in the Partnership for Public Service’s Excellence in Government Fellowship program. He began Federal service procuring a variety of goods and services as a DOT Contract Specialist in 2009. Fazal is a graduate from the University of Florida’s Warrington’s School of Business, and serves his local community as a coach and a Girl Scout Troop Leader. Fazal can be reached at board@mapsnational.org.

Rubina Halwani is a training, education, and inclusion consultant, and currently serves as an Instructional Designer for the State of Utah.

Her career spans over 20 years across multiple industries, including education, government, and public policy.

Rubina is recognized as an industry leader in Learning and Development. Her work has received acclaim and awards for high impact. Her strengths include leadership, public service, and empathy, and she has been recognized for her collaborative work towards building spaces of inclusion and religious plurality. 

Identifying as an American Muslim of South Asian heritage, Rubina has been active in her local and Muslim communities. Born and raised in Maryland, she has lived and worked in Washington DC, San Francisco, Iowa, and Utah. 

Rubina holds a B.A. degree in English Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies.

Ramy Osman is Co-founder and current Treasurer of the American Muslim and Arabic Cultural Association (AMACA) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where he also coordinates Friday jumuah congregational prayers and Ramadan community iftar dinners. Ramy is a Patent Examiner of network technology patents at the USPTO, and received their Bronze Medal Award for Outstanding work performance.

Ramy also volunteers for various community and charity projects, and edited the final report, “NYC Coalition for Muslim School Holidays,” submitted to the New York City Board of Education ahead of their landmark 2015 decision to observe the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Ramy holds a master’s degree in Telecommunications, and can be reached at board@mapsnational.org.

Raheemah Abdulaleem has pursued a combination of litigation, government and nonprofit experience to further civil rights and the elimination of discrimination in the workplace. Raheemah is currently the career Deputy General Counsel in the White House Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration. The Office of Administration provides the White House with a wide variety of legal advice on employment, fiscal and administrative law matters.

Previously, Raheemah worked as Senior Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, where she litigated employment discrimination cases. Raheemah advanced President Obama’s criminal justice reform efforts through her service on DOJ’s Clemency Initiative announced in 2014. She reviewed federal inmate petitions, the majority from inmates convicted of nonviolent offenses, and made recommendations to the President. Raheemah’s work contributed to President Obama granting a record number of commutations –more than the previous seven Presidents combined.

Prior to Federal service, Raheemah worked at two nationally-recognized law firms where she represented public and private sector employers in various labor and employment related matters.

Raheemah also has broad nonprofit experience. She serves on the Board of Directors for Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. Through its research and educational programs, Karamah promotes gender and racial equity, civil rights and leadership development. Raheemah joined a faculty of experienced lawyers and judges to teach the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop during Fall 2017, 2018, and 2019. In 2016, Raheemah was featured in a White House blog profiling Muslim Americans and she received a Nation’s Best Advocate: Top 40 Lawyers nationwide award from the National Bar Association.

Raheemah received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, where she served on the editorial board of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and worked at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.

Rumana Ahmed is a communications, strategic planning, organizational development and policy consultant. Most recently, she has done work for the National Democratic Institute on the potential impacts of 5G and advanced technology, democracy and human rights, and to develop a framework for monitoring internet openness and intervention around democratic elections and protests for global civil society partners. Rumana was a Biden-Harris Transition Team agency review member for the U.S. Agency for Global Media on their organizational, policy priority and COVID-19 response issues.

Rumana previously served as a Senior Advisor for Global Engagement and Strategic Communications in the National Security Council under the Obama Administration. From the NSC, she worked on efforts to advance diplomatic relations with Cuba and Laos, promote the Iran Nuclear Deal, expand global entrepreneurship for women and youth, develop Presidential engagements and messaging with Muslim Americans and protect persecuted minorities in Myanmar, Iraq and Syria.

Rumana first joined the White House with the Office of Presidential Correspondence in 2010, and during her six years in the West Wing, she also served as a liaison with the Office of Public Engagement on issues including health care reform, gun violence prevention, STEM access for girls of color, and diversity and inclusion.

Rumana is a public speaker and published author, including a book called West Wingers (highlighted by Oprah Magazine) and an article in The Atlantic named by Chartbeat as the 23rd most-engaged online article of 2017.

Rumana is also a Harvard Center for Public Leadership Fellow. As a Fellow, she worked on public-private partnerships for reconciliation and reintegration under Colombian Peace Treaty efforts in former-FARC military zones around Bogotá in 2019. Rumana holds a B.A. in International Affairs, with a concentration in economic development, from George Washington University, and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 

 

Judge Dania Ayoubi is an Administrative Law Judge in the Office of Administrative Hearings for the State of Maryland, where she presides over appeals from over thirty state agencies. 

Prior to her appointment, she served in Federal government for almost ten years, most recently as Senior Counsel in the Office of Regulations at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where she crafted consumer finance regulations and developed an expertise in the areas of debt collection, mortgages, and fair lending. She was also an Attorney Advisor at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where she worked to develop policies to extend broadband internet access to underserved parts of America.  
 
Judge Ayoubi previously worked at Hughes Hubbard and Reed LLP and clerked for Chief Judge Eric T. Washington at the D.C. Court of Appeals. A graduate of Georgetown University (A.B.) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.), Judge Ayoubi is a member of the National Association of Women Judges. 

 

Judge Faruqui has been serving as a Federal magistrate judge for the District of Columbia since September 2020.  He is the first Muslim Judge in the D.C. Circuit. 

Prior to his appointment, he was a Federal prosecutor, first in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri, and then in the District of Columbia. 

Over the span of over twelve years of Federal service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA), he prosecuted numerous criminal cases, most recently serving as the lead prosecutor for complex and novel crimes involving, for example, terrorists’ use of cryptocurrency, nuclear weapons proliferation, darknet sites dedicated to child exploitation, and antiquities theft. He also litigated over $700 million in money laundering and asset forfeiture proceedings. As a subject-matter expert, he has presented on cryptocurrency and anti-money laundering issues in conferences spanning from Europe to Asia and the Middle East.  

Prior to serving as a Federal prosecutor, Judge Faruqui worked at a corporate law firm where he focused on government investigations and general commercial litigation.

Judge Faruqui is a board member for Jobs for Homeless People, a non-profit that provides housing and vocational training to people in the D.C. metropolitan area. He also served as a Muslim-outreach coordinator for the U.S. Department of Justice and an as an adjunct professor at Harris-Stowe State University. He received his J.D. and undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.

A career civil servant with over 15 year in the Federal government, Noha Gaber has held leadership positions at the Architect of the Capitol, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Noha joined EDA as its first ever Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) in October 2020.  In this role, Noha supports strategy formulation and execution of enterprise-wide operational improvements and continual business model innovation.

Noha’s expertise spans all aspects of organizational excellence, including strategic and operational planning, performance measurement and management, data analytics, process analysis and improvement, organizational development and customer experience. Noha also founded and led EPA’s Emerging Leaders Network, a nationwide grassroots employee organization helping to develop and prepare EPA’s future leaders.

Noha is active in the inter-agency space, including currently serving as the Chair for a Task Force on assessing and improving management quality in federal agencies and Chair of the Federal Improvement Team. She previously founded and led the Federal Internal Communications Community of Practice, co-led GovConnect, a government-wide initiative under the President Obama’s Second Term Management Agenda, and served as a member of the White House Advisory Group on Reform of the Senior Executive Service.

Noha received her bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of Southampton in England and holds a Certificate in Knowledge Management.

 

​​​​Dr. Sadaf Jaffer is an educator and activist. She recently completed two terms as mayor of Montgomery Township, New Jersey. In January of 2019, she became the first South Asian woman to serve as mayor of a municipality in New Jersey, and the first Muslim woman to serve as mayor of a municipality in the United States.
 
Her signature initiatives included: creating and implementing a crisis communications plan to help Montgomery Township maintain some of the lowest COVID-19 infection and fatality rates in New Jersey; facilitating a participatory design process for the municipal center and library project started by her predecessors while securing millions of dollars in state funding; responding to demands for racial justice by coordinating meetings for Black community members and youth activists with the Township’s police leadership to build trust and mutual understanding; and inaugurating a Youth Leadership Council to elevate the voices of young people who are energized to lead.
 
​Sadaf is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in South Asian Studies at Princeton University where she teaches courses on South Asian, Islamic, and Asian American Studies. Jaffer currently serves as Chair of the Inclusion and Equity Committee of Montgomery Township and on the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. She was one of the founding members of Inspiring South Asian American Women (ISAAW), a group dedicated to encouraging civic engagement among South Asian American women in New Jersey. She is on the Board of Directors for The New Agenda, an organization that promotes women’s economic empowerment and combats sexual harassment and sexual assault. 
 
​Sadaf earned her bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and obtained her PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University with a secondary field in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

 

​​Madiha Latif is an innovative thinker with over 20 years of broad-based expertise in leadership, financial management and customer engagement.  She is very passionate about working to improve federal government operations for the greater good of her fellow Americans. 

Madiha is the Deputy Assistant Commissioner  within Revenue Collections Management (RCM) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service. She has oversight responsibility for providing executive day-to-day leadership for the Compliance and Reporting Group (CRG), in support of the Government’s collection and settlement of over $4.2 trillion in federal revenue each year (e.g., taxes, fees, fines, loan repayments, customs duties, donations) and the processing of 500 million transactions annually.

Madiha has also held leadership positions in RCM as the Agency Relationship Outreach and engagement Director where she transformed the way RCM facilitated adoption of innovative solutions to its 225+ federal agency customer universe implementing a holistic approach of a one voice methodology.  

Prior to joining the Federal government, Madiha held several leadership positions within the private sector supporting U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  She is also a veteran, having served in war zones with the active duty Army. 

Madiha has an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from Harvard Kennedy School, an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from the University of Maryland and Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix.

 

​​​​Ahmed Mousa is a life sciences entrepreneur with a background in molecular biology and an attorney with significant IP and FDA experience. Ahmed currently serves as Senior Vice President, Corporate Operations and General Counsel of Pieris Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: PIRS), a U.S.-German biotechnology company developing cutting-edge therapies in immuno-oncology and for respiratory disease. Ahmed serves as site head for the company’s U.S. office, oversees project leadership and quality assurance, and leads Pieris’ intellectual property, corporate secretary, and legal activities, including licensing and corporate legal as well as the Company’s global patent portfolio.
 

Prior to joining Pieris, Ahmed was an Associate at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and an attorney with the law firm Covington & Burling LLP, where he represented pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in a range of matters, including significant experience in generic and biosimilar drug litigation.

A founding Advisor to MAPS, Ahmed’s experience in public service included a stint with the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, and a judicial clerkship at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Ahmed obtained undergraduate degrees in Government and Molecular Biology from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University, with research experience prior to his legal career focused on tumor biology and angiogenesis. Ahmed graduated from Georgetown Law with honors, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Journal of International Law.

Arsalan Suleman is Counsel in Foley Hoag’s International Litigation & Arbitration Practice. His practice focuses on representing sovereign States in international disputes, including before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, UN treaty bodies, U.S. courts, and other tribunals and dispute resolution forums. 

Arsalan is the U.S. Department of State’s former Acting Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the world’s second largest international organization after the United Nations. He engaged with the OIC and its member states on bilateral and multilateral foreign policy issues, including via remarks before and participation in Heads-of-State Summits and Ministerial Level Meetings.

At the State Department, Suleman also served as Counselor for Multilateral Affairs in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. He was the lead multilateral human rights policy adviser on freedom of expression and freedom of religion globally, as well as the lead multilateral human rights policy adviser for the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Central Asia.

Prior to joining the State Department, Suleman was a litigator in New York and clerked for the late Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is also the President and co-founder of America Indivisible, a non-partisan, non-profit coalition effort to address rising bigotry against members of Muslim communities and those who appear to be Muslim from Black, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian American communities by reinforcing the American values of equality, pluralism, and strength through diversity. 

Dr. Asifa Quraishi-Landes is a full Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, specializing in comparative Islamic and U.S. Constitutional law, with a current focus on modern Islamic constitutional theory.  Her career includes federal clerkships in the Eastern District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. A past Carnegie Scholar and Guggenheim Fellow, her recent publications includes “Legislating Morality and Other Illusions about Islamic Government.”  She is currently working on a book tentatively titled “Islamic Re-constitutionalism,” which presents a non-theocratic and non-secular model of Islamic constitutionalism for today’s Muslim-majority countries.

A lifelong leader in the Muslim American nonprofit scene, Asifa currently serves as Interim Co-Executive Director of Muslim Advocates, and on the governing boards of the Muslim Public Service Network (MPSN), Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School, and the Muslim Youth Camp of California.  She has been a past President and Board Member of NAML (National Association of Muslim Lawyers) as well as Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. She is also an affiliate of the Muslim Women’s League, and a Fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding  (ISPU).

She has served as a Public Delegate on the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the Task Force on Religion and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and as advisor to the Pew Task Force on Religion & Public Life.  

Professor Quraishi-Landes holds a doctorate from Harvard Law School and other degrees from Columbia Law School, the University of California at Davis, and the University of California at Berkeley.

Alisha develops and coordinates U.S. policy engagement in Burma as a Desk Officer at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP), where she works with government agencies, international partners, and civil society to promote security, democratic governance, and humanitarian access.  She formerly advanced policies, public-private sector cooperation, and foreign assistance programming to counter global challenges and strengthen the rule of law in South Asia as a Program Advisor with in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

Prior to her Department experience, Alisha engaged with domestic and foreign policy priorities through experiences at the U.S. Senate in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (SFRC) and Senator Cory Booker’s Office, leading global think tanks based in China and Belgium, international media companies, state and local government, and NGOs promoting equity, economic empowerment, and increased access to education for children in Pakistan.

Outside of her professional experiences, she is involved in organizations advancing greater representation in and accessibility to opportunities in public service, including as a Board Member for both MAPS (as Deputy Outreach Director) and the Department of State’s South Asian American Employee Association (SAAEA), as well as an Advisory Board Member for Leading Women of Tomorrow.

Alisha graduated with honors from American University with bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and Political Science, minor in Chinese, and certificate in Women, Policy, and Political Leadership
. She can be reached at policy@mapsnational.org.