Team

Staff

Margari Aziza Hill is an adjunct professor, blogger, editor, and freelance writer with articles published in How We Fight White Supremacy (2019) Time, Huffington Post, Al Jazeera English, Islamic Monthly, and MuslimMatters. She has five years full-time experience working full-time in community organizations, and five years experience in administration and technical writing in Silicon Valley small businesses and startups. She has over 15 years teaching experience at various capacities including substitute teacher, instructor, curriculum design, school policy, teacher training, as well as teaching assistant and teaching fellow. She taught Writing and Literature at Al-Aqsa Islamic Academy for two years, developed instructed an Art and Literacy class for Clara Muhammad Summer Camp and worked as a Lead Teacher and Curriculum Developer at United Muslim Masjid Summer Madrasa. Her fellowships in organizing, non-profit management, and policy include Bend the Arc’s Community Organizing Residency, Women’s Policy Institute County Fellowship, PICO National Leadership training and, Next Generation Leaders of Color-Inland Region.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in History from Santa Clara University in 2003 and master’s in History of the Middle East and Islamic Africa from Stanford University in 2006. Her research includes colonial perceptions mixed-raced identities in Northern Nigeria, anti-colonial resistance among West Africans in Sudan during the early 20th century, transformations in Islamic learning in Northern Nigeria, and International student programs at Al-Azhar and Cairo University.  She has given talks and lectures in various universities and community centers throughout the country.

Mohammad Raza is a Shia activist, an organizer, and photographer who has worked in the social justice space in many different capacities over the last seven years. From organizing the vote for Bernie Sanders for the Orange County Muslim Community and four congressional districts to criminal justice reform across the state, he has emerged as up and coming talent in the political world. As an emerging young leader in the Muslim community, he is currently working in tandem with community activists and teachers to make ethnic studies a graduation requirement in OC schools. As the Community Engagement Manager, Mohammad works to develop relationships and partnerships with community leaders while handling a wide portfolio of social media management, strategy, and development.

Ismaeel Dhul-Qarnayn is a community organizer, artist, researcher based in Detroit. He is also particularly invested in social justice work and highlighting the work of Black Muslim artists and activists. He is the co-director Gathering All Muslim Artists (GAMA) and Vice President of Neighborly Needs and has worked as Housing Director at Dream of Detroit.  As a composer, guitarist, and writer, he leads Lu Fuki and Divine Providence, performing throughout the country. His work on the  Black Muslims and Jazz project in Detroit is at the Stamps Gallery at the University of Michigan and currently at the Scarab Club gallery in Detroit. As part-time ARCHouse Project Manager, Ismaeel oversees the rehabilitation of the ARCHouse and MuslimARC community building in Detroit. 

Wife and mother of three children, Tanya began working for MuslimARC as a bookkeeper She has worked tirelessly with the finance team to organize and maintain every aspect of finance for MuslimARC. She works to ensure  MuslimARC’s fiscal health and maintaining great relationships with MuslimARC’s partners, clients, and vendors.  She is committed to working in the nonprofit sector to make the world a better place.

Board of Directors

Imam Johari Abdul-Malik  Government Relations, Muslim Alliance of North America and Religious Advisor, Soulful Muslims Inc

Imam Johari Abdul-Malik has served as the Director of Outreach at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center, the first Muslim Chaplain at Howard University (HU) and is the former Head of the National Association of Muslim Chaplains in Higher Education. The imam has also served as the chair of government relations for the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA) and was the founding President of the Muslim Advocacy Commission of Washington, DC.  He continues to serve on the board of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, one of the nations first organisations of its kind with over 11 faith traditions.

From an Episcopal choir boy-who visited the deep southern Pentecostal holiness church during his summer vacations as youth-until at confirmation the teachings of the Ten Commandments presented to him contradictions with the concept of the Trinity and the Oneness of God (Tawheed). In high school he searched for spirituality in Taoism, Asian spirituality.

In his native Brooklyn community his mother kept the family busy with community activism. In College he became a Black activist, musician, practiced transcendental mediation (TM) and vegetarianism. In Graduate school, Allah showed him the light of Islam. He served as the President of MSA at Howard University and later the University’s first Muslim Chaplain.

Known nationally for his fundraising efforts for masjids, schools and relief and support organizations.  Imam Johari and along with Rev. Graylan Hagler started the Ramadan Feed-the-Needy Program in Washington, DC feeding over 100 hundred homeless women of all faiths nightly during the holy month of fasting.

He Lectures on a variety of subjects to motivate the Muslim community and the community at large to better themselves and their world..

African-American born (mother from Northern Louisiana and father from Barbados, West Indies) and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Educated at Howard University with a BS Chemistry and a MS Genetics and Human Genetics. Completed Clinical Post Graduate Training Program in Bioethics at Georgetown University Kennedy Center for Ethics.  Doctoral work in Bioethics/Genetics.

He has studied at Hartford Seminary and took his CPE certification from the Jewish Theological Seminary, NYC.

Ahmed Alawami is an Accounting and Finance Professional and a licensed CPA based in Southern California. He currently is a Senior Financial Reporting Analyst at Latham & Watkins LLP, one of the world’s leading law firms, where he’s a member of a new team supporting the firm’s Statutory Reporting needs, liaising with the firm’s tax team and ensuring the global offices of the firm are adhering to local financial reporting regulatory requirements. Previously, Ahmed worked as an Accounting Manager at Signature Analytics LLC, where he led teams working on accounting and finance consulting and advisory projects for small and midsize enterprises. Ahmed started his accounting and finance career as a dual-track Assurance Associate in PwC’s Detroit office, primarily serving the financial and risk assurance needs of SEC registrants in the greater Michigan market and working in teams to perform audit work on both the financials and information technology of PwC’s clients. Ahmed is an alumni of the University of Michigan where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration (’10), Master of Accounting (’11), and Master of Public Policy degrees (’15), and where he worked as a Lecturer in The Program on Intergroup Relations and the Center for Global and Intercultural Study teaching classes on social identity, intergroup relations, and intercultural dialogue.

Osama Abdul-Salaam is a Board Member, Officer, and Education Chair for Center DC, a Muslim 3rd space in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia metro area that focuses on helping Muslims and people interested in Islam explore the faith and build community in a welcoming environment. In that capacity he has developed class and program curricula, provided strategic planning, developing fund-raising strategies, and supported the Executive Director in developing and implementing organizational policies. This support has enabled CenterDC to experience 60% community growth year over year for the last 3 years.

Professionally, Osama has worked in Proposal Development and Management for 10 years, where he streamlined proposal development practices, developed innovative persuasive writing and sales strategies, and been repeatedly recognized by his CEO and other senior leadership for consistent success.

His relevant education includes training in Restorative Justice practices at Georgetown University, Community Building training from D.C. Public Schools, and community organizing instruction from the Industrial Areas Foundation, as well as education programs and seminars administered from multiple Muslim organizations and institutions. He hopes to synthesize a strategy for universally beneficial social change that is grounded in Islamic tradition, informed by established community building practices, and augmented by successful marketing and sales strategies.

Namira Islam Anani is a lawyer and graphic designer. She is the Co-Founder of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), a faith-based human rights education organization which focuses on racial justice.

Namira previously practiced in poverty law in Flint, Michigan; worked in prisoners’ rights litigation; and interned in international criminal law and war crimes for the United Nations in The Hague, The Netherlands. Her legal background includes research on racism, global education standards, and the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training.

Namira has served on the boards of multiple Muslim student organizations and has fundraised and led crowdfunding efforts on behalf of Islamic Relief and charity: water, as well as for other causes, since 2008. She is currently an advisor to her late father’s organization, Diversified Educational Foundation, which invests in Bangladeshi orphans. She has nearly a decade of experience as a tutor and e-mentor for low-income students. As a graphic designer, Namira specializes in print design and has designed for the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Palestinian Community Network. She has been freelancing for diverse clients in the United States and abroad since 2007.

Namira was born in Detroit, Michigan to Bangladeshi parents and currently resides in Metro Detroit. She is an alumna of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and the Michigan State University College of Law. In 2010, Namira was awarded the University of Michigan’s Tapestry Award for “demonstrating a way of being that contributes to intercultural awareness and relationship building through … reflecting the values of social justice, multiculturalism, and diversity.” Since 2014, Namira has delivered lectures, presentations, and workshops on diversity, community, and justice across the country, including at Harvard Divinity School, Michigan State University College of Law, and the Minidoka Pilgrimage.

She tweets @namirari.

[email protected] – Metro Detroit

Sarah is a senior associate at Guidehouse. She is an advocate of environmental stewardship and has dedicated her career to proving there doesn’t have to be a trade-off between economic, social, and environmental welfare. She currently works as a senior management consultant for state and local government agencies, where she helps public governments and nonprofits solve pressing challenges related to managing risk, operating efficiency, and strategic planning. Previously, Sarah co-led energy and climate initiatives for the County of San Luis Obispo where she helped bring resources and funding to start new clean energy and sustainability to serve the residents, public agencies, and business owners of the County. She has spent her career in both the private and public sector, in rural and urban areas across the United States, and firmly believes a healthy and viable future depends on a nationwide green economy revolution.

Sarah is also passionate about ensuring universal access to a quality education. She is a Director on the MBH Santa Maria Public Library Foundation Board, which serves the educational needs of northern Santa Barbara county resident’s underserved communities. She is also actively serving on the advisory committee to launch a new K-12 school in the San Luis Obispo area which emphasizes global citizenship, self-awareness, and hands-on learning. A first generation Arab-American, she is passionate about seeing and supporting more minorities represented in politics and especially in bridging the east-west cultural divide that continues to shape public views on immigration and foreign policy.  Sarah has a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Maryland. She lives and works between Los Angeles and the central coast California where she lives with her husband and her cat. In her free time, she enjoys anything that involves the outdoors, working with and volunteering with passionate doers, and writing short stories.

Sylvia Chan-Malik is Associate Professor in the Departments of American and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where she directs the Social Justice Program, chairs the Faculty Advisory Board of the Center for Islamic Life (CILRU), and teaches courses on race and ethnicity in the United States, Islam in/and America, social justice movements, and food justice. She is the author of Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam (NYU Press, 2018).

Sabina Khan-Ibarra is a writer and an educator. She is a recent San Francisco State University Graduate with an MFA in Creative Writing, where she now teaches Creative Writing. She has worked with MuslimARC as a Steering Member in the past as working in Membership and Communications.

Her work has been published on BlogHer, Huffington Post, ISNA Horizons, InCulture Magazine, AltMuslimah, Love Inshallah, Patheos (AltMuslim), Brown Girl Magazines, and other outlets. A poem of hers is being published later this year in the anthology, Show Us Your Papers.

Sabina is currently working on her novel, The Poppy Flower, about Pashtun American Muslim women growing up in Northern California.

She resides in Northern California with her husband and two children

 

Berthena Nabaa-McKinney Ph.D., is the founder of Nabaa Consulting, LLC, an educational consulting firm specializing in school improvement and turnaround for Early Childhood and K-12 schools in public and private schools and school districts.  Berthena has more than 20+ years of educational experience in teaching, school administration, board leadership & development, accreditation,  professional development.  She has served on and led accreditation teams in schools and school districts across the State of TN. As a school improvement and turnaround specialist, Berthena has been dedicated to working schools and districts to reimage equitable outcomes for students of color school improvement and turnaround specialist.  Berthena received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership & Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University.  She serves as a Commissioner for the Metro-Nashville Action Commission, Board Chair with Muslim American Cultural Center, Co-Chair of Women of Color for Education Equity, and continues to serve as a member on ACLU-TN, PENCIL, MNPS STEAM Advisory, and Faith & Culture Center boards.

Advisory Council

Former Leadership & Support

"Many hands make light work." We deeply appreciate the work and efforts of former MuslimARC leadership and support, including:

Hind Makki, 2014 Core

Diala Khalife,  2014 Core

May Alhassen, 2014 Core

Dawud Walid, Advisor

Laura Poyneer, 2014-2017 Membership

Fatima Price-Khan, Media

Khaliff Watkins, Media

Samiha Rahman, Programming

Zara Nasir, Finance

Azza Altiraifi, Media

Arthur Richards, Programming

Anas White, Media

Safaya Fawzi, Finance

Tariq Touré, Campaigns and Trainer

Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, AMEL Fellow

Hanifah Lum, AMEL Fellow

Ayesha Kazmi, AMEL Fellow

Hakeem Muhammad, AMEL Fellow

Rozena Raja, AMEL Fellow

Saeeda Islam, AMEL Fellow

Sajdah Nubee, reMARC Editor

Chiquita Williams, Trainer

Hasan Khalid, Tech Chair

Ernst Fenelon Jr., Leadership Associate

Amber York, Development Associate

Lamont Watkins, 2018 Intern

Aysha Jamali, 2018 Board of Directors - Communications

Makkah Ali, 2018-19 Board of Directors - President

Farha Tahir, 2018-19 Board of Directors - Vice President

Hazel Gomez, 2018-19 Board of Directors - Secretary

Sarah Mostafa, 2019 Board of Directors

Rasheed Shabazz, 2019 Board of Directors

Layla Abdullah-Poulos, Trainer

Julia Kassem, 2019 Intern

David J., Executive Assistant

Lejla Bajgoric, Detroit Programs Associate

Juniper Beaty, Donor Database Manager

Associates

Interns