Department Directors

Nihad Awad, National Executive Director

Nihad Awad is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest non-profit Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. He has been frequently interviewed on national and international media such as CNN, BBC World Service, PBS, C-SPAN, NPR, The New York Times, The

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Edward Ahmed Mitchell – Deputy Director

Edward Ahmed Mitchell is an attorney and former journalist who serves as the Deputy Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. Mr. Mitchell previously served as the Executive Director of CAIR-Georgia from 2016 to 2020. During that

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Ibrahim Hooper – Communications Director

Ibrahim Hooper is the National Communications Director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s of art in journalism and mass communication. Hooper has been with CAIR since its founding in 1994. As CAIR’s spokesman he appears frequently on national and

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Lena Masri, Esq. – National Litigation and Civil Rights Director, General Counsel

Lena F. Masri, Esq. is National Litigation Director, General Counsel and Acting Civil Rights Director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. She focuses her practice in the area of high-impact and strategic civil rights litigation.  She is the former Legal

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Omar Ali – National IT Director

Omar Ali is National IT Director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.

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Priscilla Ellison – Human Resources Director

Priscilla Ellison is Human Resources Director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.

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Megan Fair – Grant Administrator/Civil Rights Chapter Support Specialist

Megan Fair is Grant Administrator and Civil Rights Chapter Support Specialist at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. Ms. Fair has extensive nonprofit sector experience, serving in various roles at nonprofits in North Carolina and Washington over the past decade. Such

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Robert McCaw – Government Affairs Department Director

Robert McCaw is Government Affairs Department Director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. Since 2011, he has overseen CAIR’s Muslim civic engagement and empowerment programs that bring American Muslim community concerns to Congress, the White House, and federal and state

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Dr. Abbas Barzegar – National Research and Advocacy Director

Dr. Abbas Barzegar, Ph.D. is National Research and Advocacy Director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. Dr. Barzegar posseses years of applied research experience with recognized expertise in American Muslim history, transnational Muslim civil society and intra-faith relations. He is

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Zainab Chaudry – Director of CAIR’s Office in Maryland

Zainab Chaudry is Director of Maryland Outreach at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. She is on the Advisory Board of the Interfaith Action for Human Rights, and serves as it's liaison to Shoulder-to-Shoulder - an interfaith campaign founded to counter

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Danette Zaghari-Mask – Nonprofit and Compliance Attorney

Danette Zaghari-Mask is Nonprofit and Compliance Attorney at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. Ms. Zaghari-Mask is a long-time grassroots community organizer, compliance and ethics expert. She is an honor's graduate from the University of Florida College of Law, where she published

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Asma Rehman – National Chapter Manager

Asma Rehman is National Chapter Manager at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. Asma comes to CAIR National from CAIR-Kansas, where she served as Development Director, planned the chapter’s inaugural banquet and raised almost double the organization's fundraising goals in less than

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What They Say About CAIR?

Khizr Khan
Khizr KhanGold Star father who received international attention following his speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention
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“Since November 8 I have been to many communities throughout this country. I have seen the direct result of CAIR’s work. I have talked to the communities. I have spoken to the communities where [CAIR] offices exist. The morale of the Muslim community in those communities is much higher than where [a CAIR] office does not exist yet.”
New York Times
New York Times11/17/2016
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Two-time Pulitzer prize winner Nicholas Kristof advised readers to “sign up on the Council on American-Islamic Relations website, volunteering to fight Islamophobia.”
Robert Reich
Robert Reich12/18/2016
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Actor Lucy Lawless
Actor Lucy Lawless11/14/2016
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Ash vs. Evil Dead and Xena: Warrior Princess tweeted, “We’re helping by donating to @NAACP @HRC @PPact @CAIRNational and fearless news organizations.”
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