We are a team of volunteers, founders, and civic leaders who have benefited from internship, scholarship, and fellowship opportunities. We are committed to paying it forward by helping other young leaders access these opportunities and envision vocations in public service.

HASHER NISAR

Hasher returned to the United States from Pakistan in 2008. Currently, he is a Senior Fellow for Humanity in Action and a Fellow for Citizen University. In the past, he has interned with the ACLU of Ohio and served on the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, Pearson Student Advisory Board, and HOPE VT. He also served as an E3! Ambassador for The White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders. He will soon graduate from Middlebury College and will pursue his graduate studies in the UK for the next two years through a Marshall Scholarship.

MOHAMMAD ZIA

Mohammad, born in Saudi Arabia to parents of Afghan and Pakistani descent, became a US citizen in 2010. He previously served as an intern with the US State Department and as a legal clerk with the US Department of Justice. After undergrad, Mohammad worked as a short-term consultant with the World Bank. Currently, he is a Luce Scholar with the Indonesian Ministry of Energy. Mohammad graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland and holds an MPP from the University of Oxford. Mohammad also loves to cook and is a huge fan of chocolate covered almonds.

RANA ABDELHAMID

Rana is the Founding President of the Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE), a self-defense, leadership and entrepreneurship program for Muslim women. In seven years, WISE has engaged hundreds of participants through its global programming and won numerous awards. Rana serves on the board of Amnesty International USA and is a recipient of the UNA-USA Leo Nevas Human Rights Youth Award. Rana received her Bachoelor's from Middlebury College and is currently a second year Masters in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School.

RILWAN ALAO

Rilwan, born in Nigeria, became an American citizen in 2000. He graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 2011 with dual degrees in Biology and Public Health. He received his master’s degree from Boston University in Computer Science in 2015. Since then, Rilwan has worked in many industries, ranging from a non-profit aimed at helping children from low income families get into and pay for their college education. To Start-Ups geared at allowing for more universal methods of medical information transfer.

USRA GHAZI

Usra Ghazi is an interfaith leader, public servant, and aspiring diplomat with over a decade of experience in interreligious youth work in the non-profit sector. She has served as a policy advisor and Franklin Fellow at the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs and a policy fellow for the City of Boston in the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement. She holds a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School in Religion and Politics and currently serves as a strategic designer at The Collaboratory – the design and innovation hub of the U.S. Department of State’s Education and Cultural Affairs Bureau.

ASMA NORAY

Asma was born in Nairobi, Kenya and currently resides in Seattle, Washington. She is an AmeriCorps member at World Relief working to expand services to refugee and immigrant youth in the Greater Seattle area. Asma is passionate about immigration and refugee policy, increasing the engagement of Muslim youth with social justice issues, and interfaith community building. Asma graduated from Swarthmore College in 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science and Arabic, where she also served as President of the Muslim Students Association for two years. She has also traveled to Oman, Jordan and Iran as a student of Arabic and Farsi and an intern for grassroots organizations serving vulnerable refugee populations.

MYRA WAHEED

Myra will be graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel as a Morehead-Cain scholar this 2018 and is interested in working in operations and monitoring and evaluation work in the upcoming future. She has worked in impact investing in emerging markets most recently. She is an avid outdoors woman and very interested in questions surrounding sustainable development driven by citizen-generated data.

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