Roula Allouch - National Board Chair


Roula Allouch is a trial attorney with experience in employment law, civil rights and general civil 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 College of Law in 2006.  She is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Kentucky and Ohio and before the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Allouch is an active member of the legal community and the community at large.  She currently serves as Chair of the National Board of Directors of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest civil rights and advocacy group for the American Muslim community. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative and serves as a Kentucky delegate to the Association’s House of Delegates.  Ms. Allouch was recently recognized as a Daughter of Greatness by the Muhammad Ali Center and serves on the Center’s Board of Directors. Ms. Allouch is also a faculty member with the Islamic Seminary of America.

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Masoud Nassimi - National Board Vice Chair

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.

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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.

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Ahmed Al-Shehab - Treasurer

Ahmed Al-Shehab - National Board MemberAhmed 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 and a graduate diploma in accounting and finance from Columbia University.

Ahmed is an entrepreneur, currently managing his second firm that specializes in information technology executive program/project management with a specific focus on risk and crisis management in pharmaceutical and financial industries.

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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 officer, Islamic Network Group (ING) Trustee, Arab American Community Center (AACC) board,Take on Hate Executive Committee, IFPB Board, USCEIO Steering Committee, Suntrust Bank board of directors, Chairwoman Florida Muslim Capitol Day for 6 consecutive years, TEDxOcala Licensee/organizer and TEDxOcalaSalon curator, Gavel Club Counselor (prison clubs), BNI Mentor Coordinator, Brookings Institute Founding Member of Fellowship (Muslims in the West).  Graduate of Leadership Florida.

Manal is also a consultant pharmacist, inspirational speaker, coach, trainer and mentor. Undergraduate, and doctorate from the University of Southern California, and MBA from Webster University.  Manal has been recognized with many professional and community awards including Person of the Year.  Manal was honored to participate in the Climb of Hope and summit Mt. Kilimanjaro in January 2014.

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Arlene El-Amin - National Board Member

Board Arlene-El-AminArlene 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 and Counseling Services; and the Mall Area Religious Council.

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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 with a variety of local and national community projects and initiatives for more than 20 years and served on local masjid executive committee for many years.

Mr. Abulhaija earned his undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from the Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1994; Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Wilkes University in 1997 and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Golden Gate University in 2007. Mr. Abulhaija joined Intel Corporation in 1997 and currently working as an engineering manager.

He is married with 3 beautiful children and reside in Sacramento, CA.

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Emad Sabbah - National Board Member

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Mohammad Khan - National Board Member

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