National Board of Directors

Roula Allouch – National Board Chair

Roula Allouch is a trial attorney with experience handling a range of litigation matters including in the areas of employment, civil rights, personal injury, and complex commercial litigation. Ms. Allouch earned her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Kentucky in 2003 and her juris doctor from the University of Kentucky

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Masoud Nassimi – National Board Vice Chair

Masoud Nassimi is the co-founder of CAIR's Greater Los Angeles Area chapter and serves on the board of CAIR-California, which oversees four CAIR chapters in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego. He served as CAIR-CA's board chairman from 2009-2013; in 2013, Masoud was elected to

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Nihad Awad – National Board Member

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

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Ahmed Al-Shehab – National Board Member

Ahmed Al-Shehab co-founded CAIR-New Jersey in 2003 and was elected as the chairman of CAIR-NJ's board of directors in 2006. In 2011, Ahmed was elected to CAIR's national board of directors. He currently serves on both CAIR and CAIR-NJ boards. Ahmed holds a bachelor's degree from NJIT in computer engineering

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Dr. Manal Fakhoury – Secretary

President and CEO of Fakhoury Leadership International.  With over 30 years of non-profit and leadership experience, she serves on many community and national boards.  She is past Chairwoman of Chamber of Commerce.  Currently: YMCA Executive Board, AHA Go Red For Women, Area Governor District 84 Toastmasters, President of Toastmasters, Rotary

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Arlene El-Amin, National Board Member

Arlene El-Amin is a long-time community leader and civil rights activist who serves as the manager of Masjid An-Nur in Minneapolis. Her volunteer experience includes serving on community, interfaith and social services organizations, such as North High School; Girl Scouts; Home Away; Volunteer Center of St. Paul; Al-Birr Family, Social

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Haitham Abulhaija – National Board Member

Mr. Abulhaija has been involved and volunteered at various capacities for CAIR since 2010 where he served as the vice-chair of the local governing board of CAIR-Sacramento Valley office. In 2012, Mr. Abulhaija joined the CAIR-California state board and currently serving as the vice-chair. Mr. Abulhaija has also been involved

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Emad Sabbah – National Board Member

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Mohammad Khan – National Board Member

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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
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Actor Lucy Lawless
Actor Lucy Lawless11/14/2016
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