MAPS’ structures many of its programs on a seasonal timetable, ensuring a diversity of topics, speakers, professional development offerings, and in person networking opportunities.
Most programs are co-sponsored by MAPS’ partner organizations, while some are reserved exclusively for members of MAPS National and MAPS chapters.
Inside Capitol Hill: Muslims Supporting the Legislative Branch – 10/6/2023
Check out the panel on Muslims Supporting the Legislative Branch at this weekend’s National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML) Annual Conference in the DC Area! This MAPS co-sponsored panel features Rahmah Abdulaleem, Moon Sulfab, Niha Razi, Diala Qasem, and Suhail Khan.
Speakers will discuss their unique experiences, past or present, as Muslims working in the legislative branch. The conference is taking place at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington. Learn more at www.naml.info or register here!
Cultivating Courage, Curiosity, and Candor in Public Service– 10/19/2023
In June of 2021, the Biden administration made history by releasing the first executive order tasking every federal agency of the U.S. government to develop concrete action plans to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). To reap the benefits of a more inclusive workforce, there needs to be an ecosystem where courage, candor, and curiosity are celebrated. It’s not enough to have demographic diversity represented in the senior ranks if those, especially on the periphery of power, don’t have the psychological safety to voice their views and contribute meaningfully to policy discussions.
Our panelists will talk about what it will take to transform federal institutions into spaces that are more just, more equitable, and more innovative – so that all employees can reach their full potential. And in doing so, remake our public sector to be more effective and responsive to the nation we serve. The moderator and all panelists will be speaking in their personal capacities and their views do not necessarily represent their respective institutions.
RSVP here: https://bit.ly/FederalDEIA
Maryum Saifee is a career U.S. diplomat at the Department of State and is a prominent voice on DEIA efforts at the State Department. In her personal capacity, she led the Truman Center for National Policy “Transforming State” task force and was a member of the American Council on Germany’s task force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Mark Hanis is the founder of Inclusive America, a nonprofit advocacy group that focuses on building more transparency and accountability in efforts to diversify the federal workforce.
Ahmad Maaty is the Chair of Muslim Americans in Public Service and currently serving in the U.S. Department of Justice. In his personal capacity at MAPS, he co-developed a blueprint for action to operationalize the White House Executive Order to advance DEIA.
Dr. Victor Marsh is a former U.S. diplomat and is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Toronto. He has published extensively on DEIA in the federal workforce, including co-authoring a recent piece in the Foreign Service Journal on DEIA and data transparency.
Jennifer Rizzoli is a career U.S. diplomat at the Department of State. She served as a Pearson Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives and led efforts to craft legislation to build a more inclusive federal workforce.
We want to thank our co-sponsors – Inclusive America, Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security, and Asian American Federal Employees for Nondiscrimination for their leadership in creating safe spaces for leaders of all backgrounds, including underrepresented groups, to thrive in public service.
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Journey to the Bench– 10/2/2023
Join MAPS Legal’s kickoff event of its new series “Journey to the Bench!” MAPS Legal is a community of practice for Muslim American legal professionals in government and public service fields.
This panel features the Honorable Asim Rehman, Chief Administrative Law Judge, New York City and MAPS National Advisory Council Member, and Samia Naseem, Federal Immigration Judge, Chicago Immigration Court. The panel will be hosted by Madiha Zuberi, Senior Counsel, SEC Los Angeles Regional Office and MAPS National Deputy Professional Development Director for Judicial pathways.
Pipelines into Foreign Policy: Info Session on Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) International Affairs Fellowship & Term Member Programs– 8/28/2023
Muslim Americans in Public Service Presents a MAPS Academy Webinar on Pipelines into foreign policy careers, with a focus on the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) programs to build inclusive pipelines into national security. In this session, we will discuss the CFR International Affairs Fellowship & Term Member Program opportunities.
Featuring: Meaghan Fulco, Managing Director, Stephen M. Kellen Term Member Program, CFR; Devin Ferguson, Associate Director, Fellowship Affairs, CFR; Aliya Kaiser, Associate Director, Studies Administration and Fellowship Affairs, CFR; Maryum Saifee, CFR International Affairs Fellowship Alumna.
MAPS Summer Networking Event– 6/15/2023
Join our DC-based members, ERG chapters and partner staff associations as we host our colleagues at the Congressional Muslim Staffer Association (CMSA), Muslim Public Affairs Council Foundation‘s Congressional Leadership Development Program (CLDP), Islamic Scholarship Fund‘s Congressional Policy Interns and Fellows and other DC Based interns next week for this exciting network-building opportunity.
This semi annual event is being held for the first time on Capitol Hill.
Pathways to Public Service Event at 2023 ICNA Convention– 5/27/2023
For those attending the Annual ICNA Convention this year in Baltimore, be sure to attend MAPS’ Saturday Afternoon panel on Pathways to Public Service, featuring Ali Ahmad (US Department of Justice), Diala Qasem (US House of Representatives), Hassan Sheikh JD,PharmD (Library of Congress), Menna Youssef (USPTO), Judge Dania Ayoubi (State of Maryland), hosted by Adil Ahmed (Federal Election Commission).
If you have not yet registered to join the 25,000+ attendees this year at the annual ICNA convention, make sure to register for the convention at https://icnaconvention.org
MAPS National DC Iftar 2023– 3/31/2023
Our community Iftar, or traditional Ramadan sunset meal, is a time to reconnect, break bread, and further build on the bonds and connections within our growing national community of members in the Washington DC metro area.
Join exciting guest speakers, the MAPS National Board, Advisory Council, hundreds of fellow members, and the next generation of public service leaders within Georgetown Law School’s Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA) that is co-sponsoring the event.
This year’s National Iftar features Ali Zaidi, Asma Mirza, Mazen Basrawi, Moshtayeen Ahmad, Natasha Shah Syed, and Zayn Siddique. All of these Muslim American trailblazers have led exceptional careers in public service that brought them to the White House or interagency as presidential appointees and we can’t wait to hear from them.
Tickets for this annual, in-person, member-only event are complementary.
MAPS Winter Networking Event– 12/15/2022
Join Muslim Americans in Public Service (MAPS) and Partners for an in-person networking mixer to cap off our Fall Program, alongside MAPS members, organizational leaders, local public service professionals.
Open to Members of MAPS National, MAPS Chapters, Co-Sponsors & Invited Guests. Covid Vaccinations Required.
Look for Registration link in your inbox!
Disability & Equity in Public Service – 12/08/2022
Following the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, MAPS showcases public servants who had forged their paths in a changing environment.
Featuring Sara Minkara (US Department of State), Mohammed Yousuf (US Department of Transportation), Mariyam Cementwala (US Department of State), moderated by Lobna Ismail (Creating Cultures) [Open to the Public; Virtual]
Public Service Pathways: Public Health– 11/19/2022
Join MAPS for a conversation with public health practitioners across a variety of sectors to understand their career paths and what has kept them motivated during some of the most difficult years in public health. Featuring Capt. Nazmul Hassan (FDA), Sadiya Muqdueeth DrPH, MPH (The Trust for Public Land), Zamir Brown, MPH, FRSPH (De Beaumont Foundation), and Faisal Khan, MD (Seattle Public Health Department). Hosted by Hassan Sheikh, JD, PharmD (U.S. Library of Congress). [Open to the Public; Virtual]
Muslim Lawyers in Government Service– 11/12/2022
Join MAPS in support of our partners at the National Association of Muslim Lawyers as we co-sponsor a panel at the NAML National Conference on November 11th weekend featuring Muslim Lawyers in Government Service and hosted by MAPS Advisor Ahmed Mousa. Please stop by if you plan on attending the conference ,or register below if you haven’t yet:
Register at https://www.naml.info/.
Muslim Americans in Uniform – 11/10/2022
Join Muslim Americans in Public Service (MAPS) for a Veteran’s Day event showcasing inspiring stories of Muslim American veterans and uniformed servicemen and women.
Featuring Chaplain (Col) Khallid Shabazz (US Army); Madiha Latif (US Treasury); Lt Nabil Tahan (US Navy), Capt Maysaa M. Ouza (USAF), and Imam Dr. Talib Shareef (USAF-Retired, President, Masjid Muhammad). Hosted by MAPS Vice Chair Nadia Hassan (Commissioner, Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, Maryland). [Free; Open to the Public; Virtual]
Register at https://tinyurl.com/MAPSVeterans
MAPS National Annual Fall Meeting – 11/3/2022
Join Muslim Americans in Public Service (MAPS) for our Second Annual Fall Membership Meeting on November 3rd!
This first event from our upcoming Fall Program is one of the primary means to hear from members directly, share updates, discuss the future of the organization and network, and hold our national elections. The meeting also features esteemed senior public servants and fellow MAPS members as special guest speakers: hear from State Department Senior Advisor and political Appointee Hamse Warfa, and National Security Council Director Moshtayeen Ahmad.
MAPS FALL 2022 PROGRAM
11/3/2022 – 12/15/2022
MAPS National & MPAC Eid Networking Event – 7/6/2022
Join Muslim Americans in Public Service (MAPS) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) for an in-person networking mixer ahead of the Eid holiday between 7pm and 9pm, alongside MAPS members, organizational leaders, local professionals, and summer fellows/interns representing a new generation of public service leaders.
MAPS has confirmed a large venue to accommodate demand and offer free parking on site.
MAPS National & MPAC Eid Networking Event – 6/29/2022
Join MAPS-New York on Wednesday June 29th from 5 to 8 pm for Muslim staffers in the City, State, and Federal levels in the NYC area to network and build lasting professional and community connections. Be sure to contact MAPS-NY President Sara Rawshanara at firstname.lastname@example.org to join MAPS-NY. The event location is the Blockchain Center in the Upper West Side at 2307 Broadway New York, NY 10024.
Pathways to Public Service – 5/28/2022
Muslim Americans in Public Service invites attendees of the annual ICNA-MAS Convention in Baltimore, to check out our Saturday afternoon panel on Pathways to Public Service.
Moderated by Nadia Hassan (Commissioner, Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives and MAPS Vice-Chair), features the Honorable Judge Dania Ayoubi, (Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings); Noha Gaber (Chief Strategy Officer, U.S. Economic Development Administration); Saif M. Khan (Special Assistant, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Army Veteran); Saeed Mody (Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice and former Detailee, United States Senate Judiciary Committee); and Ahmad Maaty (Senior Economist, U.S. Department of Transportation and MAPS Chair).
Learn more about the ICNA-MAS Convention and the Memorial Day weekend gathering of 22,000 attendees at https://icnaconvention.org/.
The Political Appointee Process – 5/12/2022
Learn about the political appointment application and selection process directly from White House Presidential Personnel Office (PPO) officials, followed by a closed door Q&A with several current political appointees of diverse backgrounds, including:
Mohsin Syed (Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation), Laila ElGohary (White House Liaison, GSA), Dilafruz Khonikboyeva (Senior Advisor, USAID), Feras Sleiman (Congressional Affairs Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce), Aisha Shah (Digital Partnerships, WH), and Adil Ahmed (Special Counsel, US Army).
This exciting event is open to members of MAPS and its co-sponsoring partner organizations Muppies, Muslim Women’s Professional Network, National Association of Muslim Lawyers, and alumni of El-Hibri Foundation, Islamic Scholarship Fund and Muslim Public Affairs Council programs.
MAPS National Iftar 2022 – 4/14/2022
This exciting community iftar, or Ramadan breaking of the fast provides an opportunity for professional networking and social gathering among DC-area MAPS members, MAPS leadership, guest speakers & the next generation of Muslim public service leaders.
The Iftar features Virginia State Representative, Sam Rasoul, and White House Director for Partnership & Global Engagement, Negah Angha, and is hosted by MAPS Program Director Tamim Chowdhury.
Co-Sponsored by the George Washington University Muslim Students Association (GW-MSA) this in person dinner is open to members of MAPS National, MAPS chapters, co-sponsors & guests only, but will be broadcast live via Zoom starting at 6:30pm for the public & members across the country.
Climbing the Federal Ladder: A Conversation with Muslim Leaders in the Senior Executive Service (SES) – 3/22/2022
This virtual Women’s History Month event showcases the professional accomplishments of trailblazing Muslim women leaders in the Federal government, aims to help inspire Muslim American public servants to follow in their footsteps and further contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion in public service.
Featuring Madiha Latif, Senior Executive Service, U.S. Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service; Sairah Ijaz, Senior Executive Service, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); and Subhi Mehdi, Former Senior Executive Service, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) (Retired).
Hosted by HUD Customer Experience Lead and MAPS Co-Founder, Amber Chaudhry, this unprecedented topic and lineup is co-sponsored by the Muslim Women’s Professional Network, the Islamic Scholarship Fund, and American Muslim Today.
Responding to the Afghan Humanitarian Crisis – 3/10/2022
As the world witnesses yet another international refugee crisis, Muslim Americans in Public Service and its partner organizations wish to revisit the continued needs of recently displaced Afghans resettled in the U.S., and how Government, non-governmental & citizen efforts are addressing Afghan humanitarian needs.
Our exciting March 10th panel, hosted by Salam Al Marayati (President, MPAC), features Anwar Khan (President, Islamic Relief); Haris Tarin, (Chief of Staff, Operations Allies Welcome, DHS); Zahraa Saheb (Legislative Director, Office of Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16)); and Wida Amir (Board Member, Afghan-American Foundation).
Co-Sponsored by Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Islamic Relief USA, and the Afghan American Foundation.
MAPS SPRING 2022 PROGRAM
3/10/2022 – 5/12/2022
Pathways to the Judiciary – 1/14/2022
This MAPS Academy series kickoff event engaged members of our community and the general public about Judiciary career pathways and featured a distinguished panel of Federal and State Judges from across the country.
Featuring U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Oregon District and first Muslim Federal Judge, Hon. Mustapha Kasubhai; Maryland Administrative Law Judge, Hon. Dania Ayoubi; and Michigan Third Circuit Court Judge, Hon. Mariam Bazzi.
Hosted by Detroit prosecutor Myra Din, this virtual professional development event was cosponsored by the American Muslim Bar Association (AMBA), Capital Area Muslim Bar Association (CAMBA), the Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF), and the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML).
The Development Diplomat – 12/10/2021
This hybrid in-person/ virtual book signing and networking event featured Fatema Z. Sumar, Vice President of Compact Operations at the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and author of the new book “The Development Diplomat: Working Across Borders, Boardrooms, and Bureaucracies to End Poverty.”
Hosted by Afeefa Syeed Cultural Anthropologist & former Senior Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the resulting engagement among attendees and virtual participants ensured a substantive and informative discussion on the topic and the author’s exciting personal journey.
Fall 2021 Membership Meeting – 11/18/2021
MAPS’ Annual Fall Membership Meeting offered new and existing members the key opportunity to meet the Board; learn what we’re working on; share their interests, concerns, and input; and hear from exciting public service trailblazers and special guests.
Regular membership meetings are required by MAPS By-laws, and the Annual Fall Membership Meeting is when the Board of Directors presents their Annual Report to the membership, and would normally be when Board elections are scheduled.
2021 Virtual Muslim Public Service Conference– 11/6/2021
Muslim Americans in Public Service is proud to support and participate in the 2021 Virtual Muslim Public Service Conference, hosted by AMAL and America Indivisible.
MAPS will be presenting as a panelist at the session on Careers in Government, but all three sessions are sure to engage and interest our community of members, partners and associates.