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 a year. Along with leading the chapter’s fundraising initiatives, Asma led coalition-building efforts within the community, resulting in improved collaboration with community members and leaders.
Asma is a life-long activist. She participated in her first CAIR letter writing campaign at a Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA) camp when she was 12 years old.
Asma holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas (KU), where she served as President of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) on campus.
At KU she was also involved with Amnesty International and the United Nation’s Children’s Fund.
Asma later moved to Washington, DC to work at the MSA National headquarters. There she was promoted to chair of the Political Action Task Force (PATF). As PATF chair, she assisted in crisis management on local campuses and was available to respond to the civil rights, civil liberties, and political needs of over 600 student chapters across North America.
At a time when American Muslim students across the nation were being singled out and were the targets of Islamophobic attacks, Asma co-created and led the nation’s first “Peace…not Prejudice” (PnP) campaign on more than 100 campuses nationwide. The campaign called for a more proactive approach to interfaith and interracial dialogue as a means of building connections between the American Muslim student community and the greater college community. She also created and led the first-ever national Muslim student Get Out the Vote Campaign (GOTV) on over 80 college campuses.
As a marketing consulting, Asma has developed and implemented marketing strategies for national nonprofits, local businesses, and religious organizations.
Asma has a younger brother who is a long time Special Olympics athlete. She is a passionate advocate of Special Olympics and other organizations that work with people with intellectual disabilities.