(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/17/07) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed Tahra Goraya as the Washington-based civil rights and advocacy group’s new chief operating officer and deputy director.
Goraya moved to the nation’s capital from California, where she was the first female president of the board of CAIR’s Greater Los Angeles Area chapter. She was also a member of the group’s state board.
Before joining CAIR’s national team in September, Goraya served for more than six years as executive director of Day One in Pasadena, Calif., a nonprofit group that works to prevent harm to youth and families from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs through education and public policy advocacy.
Under Goraya’s leadership, Day One became recognized both regionally and nationally for its comprehensive approaches to improving the quality of life for its constituents.
She received her bachelor’s of science from the University of California, Irvine, and her master’s of art in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. Goraya is also a graduate of the California Women’s Health Leadership Program and the Harvard Business School Governing for Nonprofit Excellence Program.
As an activist focused on a number of social justice, civil right advocacy and women’s health issues, Goraya has provided consultative services for state and local governments, faith and community-based organizations, school systems, corporations, and other public and private sector entities.
“Tahra has distinguished herself as a passionate and dedicated community activist and coalition builder,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We anticipate that she will be of great assistance in carrying out CAIR’s mission of promoting social justice and community empowerment.&rdquo
Awad noted that Goraya joins many other Muslim women who serve in vital roles for CAIR at the local, state and national levels. He said many CAIR chapters are headed or administered by women.
“I am very honored and excited to be part of the CAIR national team and look forward to joining the effort to build a better society based on mutual respect,” said Goraya.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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