Dr. Manal Fakhoury

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.


Roula Allouch - National Board Chair

roula-allouchRoula Allouch is the chair of CAIR's national board. Previously, she served as president of CAIR's Cincinnati chapter board from 2008 to 2013.

Roula is an attorney practicing in Ohio and Kentucky, where she focuses on employment law, insurance defense and general civil litigation. She is admitted to practice law in all state courts in Kentucky and Ohio and is licensed to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of Ohio, and the United States District Courts in the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky and the Southern District of Ohio.

Roula earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky in 2002, graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor of business administration in economics, and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2006.

Roula is a member of the American, Kentucky, and Cincinnati Bar Associations. She serves as public service co-coordinator for the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and is the Kentucky young lawyer delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates.


Masoud Nassimi - National Board Member

masoud-nassimiMasoud 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 CAIR’s national board of directors in 2013.

Masoud is the founder of Afghan American Muslim Outreach (AAMO) and currently serves as president of its Los Angeles area chapter. He has served on many boards of a number of Muslim institutions in Southern California over the past 20 years.

Masoud received bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering Purdue University in Indiana. He has been working for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) since 1988. He also has been a part-time Algebra adjunct professor at Los Angeles Valley College since 1991. Masoud is the author of a college textbook and co-author of "How to perform Hajj (Step by Step)" with Dr. Ahmed Sakr, both in English and in Persian. He authored informational booklets about Kashmir, Kosovo, and Chechnya during their conflicts.


Nihad Awad - National Board Member

Nihad Awad - CAIR National Board MemberNihad 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 news releases are disseminated to hundreds of thousands people worldwide on a daily basis.

After the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, Mr. Awad flew to Oklahoma to aid in the relief effort. He personally met with Governor Frank Keating and gave the governor a sizable donation for the victims’ fund on behalf of the American Muslim community.

In 1997, Mr. Awad served on Vice President Al Gore’s Civil Rights Advisory Panel to the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security.

In his professional capacity, Mr. Awad has also personally met with former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright andColin L. Powell to discuss the needs of the American Muslim community.

Numerous law enforcement agencies and Fortune 500 companies—including Nike and DKNY—have benefited from CAIR educational seminars on Islamic traditions and culture. In addition to resolving employment discrimination issues involving American Muslims, Mr. Awad has also conducted over 100 public relations and media training seminars nationwide.

For the 2000 presidential election, Mr. Awad was a key figure in the American Muslim Political Coordinating Committee (AMPCC), an umbrella organization of the largest American Muslim organizations, which helped to create the first Muslim voting bloc for a presidential election.

Mr. Awad is a regular participant in the U.S. Department of State’s “International Visitors Program”, which welcomes foreign dignitaries, journalists and academics who are currently visiting the President of the United States.

A few days after September 11, 2001, Mr. Awad was one of the few American Muslim leaders invited by the White House to join President Bush in a press conference at the Islamic Center of Washington, the oldest mosque in Washington DC.

Mr. Awad has testified before both houses of the U.S. Congress, most recently at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on matters involving Muslims in America.

He has also spoken at prestigious educational institutions, including Harvard, Stanford and Johns Hopkins Universities. He was also a featured speaker at the 2002 Reuters Forum on global cooperation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. In addition, he actively works with local and national interfaith leaders and organizations in the interest of promoting positive relations among people of diverse faith communities.

Mr. Awad is also featured in Silent No More by former United States Representative Paul Findley (R-IL), a book chronicling the history of the American Muslim community.


James Jones - National Board Member

james-jonesJimmy Jones is secretary of CAIR's national board and has been a civil and human rights activist for more than three decades.

Dr. Jones is a tenured associate professor of world religions with a concurrent appointment in African studies at Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY).

As chair of the board of the Islamic Seminary Foundation, Prof. Jones is involved in several projects that are designed to set professional standards, develop support networks and establish educational/training initiatives for imams, chaplains and other persons who lead in or provide services to the Muslim American community.

Dr. Jones' writing, research and lecture activities are focused on comparative religions, Muslim American identity development and conflict resolution. He has lectured at, taught at, or consulted to institutions in Bahrain, Bermuda, Bosnia, Egypt, Great Britain, India, Jerusalem, Trinidad-Tobago, Qatar, Saudi-Arabia, United Arab Emirates and throughout the United States.

A member of the American Academy of Religion, Prof. Jones holds a bachelor's degree from Hampton University, a master's degree from Yale Divinity School and a doctorate in ministry from the Hartford Seminary.


Ibrahim Hooper - Communications Director

Ibrahim-HooperIbrahim 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 an Islamic perspective on current events or debate controversial issues.