Staff

Programs:

Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director (read Maha's blog here)
Maha is the founder of ING and author of training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims as well as training seminars for public institutions on developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community. She received an M.A. in religious studies from Stanford University and B.A in political science and economics from the American University in Cairo. She has taught classes on Islam in the modern world at Santa Clara University, Stanford University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has been recognized with numerous awards, including the “Civil Rights Leadership Award” from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations, the “Citizen of the Year Award” from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, and the "Dorothy Irene Height Community Award" from the Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Ishaq Pathan, Deputy Director (read Ishaq's blog here)
Ishaq earned his B.A. from Hamilton College with a major in Anthropology and minors in Education and Middle Eastern & Islamic World Studies. He also holds a certificate in nonprofit leadership from the College of San Mateo and Center for Excellence in Nonprofits. While at Hamilton, he served as the Senior Chapel Fellow; president of the Muslim Student Association; and co-founder of the All Beliefs Union, an organization dedicated toward promoting dialogue between people from different religious and secular backgrounds. Ishaq is also a member of the Interfaith Youth Core Alumni network and the International Foreign Language Honor Society, Phi Sigma Iota.

Raania Mohsen, Community and Civic Engagement Manager
Raania earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and MBA Degrees from Santa Clara University. Before joining ING, Raania worked for over 12 years as a public policy and government relations professional in local and state agencies throughout the Bay Area, including the California State Senate and the City of Santa Clara. As former Executive Director of the Cities Association of Santa Clara County, she was instrumental in advancing important policies addressing healthy communities, affordable housing, sustainability, and economic development. Raania is a Board Member of the Municipal Management Association of Northern California and volunteers regularly at local public schools.

Content:

Walead Mosaad, PhD, Content Director
Dr. Walead Mohammed Mosaad is a teacher and researcher of the Islamic sciences. He is a visiting professor in Islamic Studies at the Bayan Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California. His podcast, Islam for Life, as well as online courses in jurisprudence and theology, can be found on the SeekersHub online platform. He has completed degrees from Rutgers University, the Fath Islamic Seminary in Damascus, al-Azhar University in Cairo, the University of Liverpool, and a PhD in Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter in the UK. He lectures on various topics of interest, including Muslims as minorities, interfaith understanding, and the importance of purification and spirituality in addressing the human condition.

Ameena Jandali, Founding Member, Content Manager and Trainer (read Ameena's blog here)
Ameena is a founding member of ING. She co-designs and develops ING’s educational presentations and cultural competency seminars. Ameena has delivered hundreds of presentations in schools, colleges, universities, churches, and other venues on Islam and related subjects. She has also appeared on many news outlets speaking on issues relating to American Muslims. She currently team teaches classes on Islam as well as Women in the Middle East at City College of San Francisco. Ameena received her M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and B.A. in History from the University of Illinois.

Henry Millstein, PhD, Content Manager and Analyst (read Henry's blog here)
Henry holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from the University of California Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union, with a focus on Jewish-Christian relations. He worked for sixteen years with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Oregon developing a program to preserve and teach their native languages and cultures. He has taught humanities and history of religion at GTU, Stanford, and the University of California Berkeley and Davis. Henry has a B.A. in Classics from Reed College and an M.F.A. in playwriting from Carnegie-Mellon University and is a published poet and fiction writer.

Communications:

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Tim Brauhn, Communications Manager (read Tim's blog here)
Tim received his MA in International Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver with a concentration in Religion and Politics in the Middle East and Central Asia. He also has a BA in English Language and Literature from Aurora University in Illinois. Tim was an inaugural member of the Faiths Act Fellowship, an elite international program for interfaith leaders run by the Interfaith Youth Core and Tony Blair Faith Foundation.

Operations:

Paky ElHossamy, Accounting Manager
Paky is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas with two master’s degrees in Accounting and Taxation from the University of Texas. She is a former financial and tax analyst and has worked as an accountant for the last decade.

Summer 2018 Interns:

Tuvya Bergson-Michelson
Tuvya is a rising senior at a high school in San Francisco. He is an avid listener, a politics wonk, a leader of his school's Constitution Club and Jewish Student Union, and a baseball fan whose obsession with sabermetrics is only slightly unhealthy.

Amber Hai
Amber is currently attending graduate school at Hartford Seminary. She wishes to become an Islamic Chaplain to help college and high school youth foster Interreligious learning environments at their schools. She loves diving into fantasy novels and autobiographies, having riveting political and religious discussions, and enjoys volunteering at local hospitals and mosques.

Nastaran Karimi
Nastaran is a graduate student at Purdue University. She aspires to create a more socially just society through her teaching and research. She loves watching soccer and would never pass up on two things: a) a challenging and meaningful discussion, and b) the chance to play volleyball.

Meriem Cherif
Meriem is a rising sophomore at a high school in Campbell. She loves having her nose in a book, working with children, and playing an outside hitter in volleyball.

Mohammed Alamoudi
Mohammed is an undergraduate student at San Jose State University studying comparative religion. He is passionately interested in religions and the contemporary challenges facing Islam and Muslims. Mohammed loves to read and watch documentaries about philosophy, history, and politics.

Zaid Ball
Zaid is a rising junior at a high school in Connecticut. Zaid is studying Arabic in the Arabic Middle Eastern Studies program at his school, is a passionate social activist, and loves skateboarding.

Imaan
Imaan is a rising junior at a high school in Atherton. She enjoys playing squash, discussing the impact that prominent philosophies have on the modern world, and (she likes to think) only occasionally watching mindless TV.

Hana Djebroun
Hana Djebroun is a rising freshman at a high school in Almaden. She loves playing the viola, swimming, discovering new things, and helping others.

Banafsheh Hussain
Banafsheh Hussain is a rising sophomore at a high school in Palo Alto. If left to her own devices, she would probably be sucked into a spiral of reading, watching competitive gymnastics and CrashCourse, swimming, fangirling over Ms. Marvel, and of course, singing all the while. She loves learning about practically anything and dancing wherever and whenever she can.

ING is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity of its staff.