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 Washington Post, Voice of America and Al-Jazeerah. CAIR […]

Edward Ahmed Mitchell – Deputy Director

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 time, the civil rights organization resolved […]

Ibrahim Hooper – Communications Director

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 international television programs to offer […]

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

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 Director of CAIR-MI. She is […]

Omar Ali – National IT Director

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.

Megan Fair – Grant Administrator/Civil Rights Chapter Support Specialist

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 roles include, Operations Manager of […]

Robert McCaw – Government Affairs Department Director

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 agencies. Mr. McCaw also coordinates […]

Dr. Abbas Barzegar – National Research and Advocacy Director

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 a former professor at Georgia […]

Zainab Chaudry – Director of CAIR’s Office in Maryland

Zainab Chaudry – Director of Maryland Outreach

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 anti-Muslim bigotry in America. Zainab […]