Staff

Maha Elgenaidi, Chief Executive Officer
Maha Elgenaidi is the founder of ING. She is the 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. A senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum and recently named by the San Jose Business Journal as one of Silicon Valley’s Women of Influence, Maha has been recognized with numerous civil rights awards, including the “Civil Rights Leadership Award” from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations and the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. She earned a master’s degree in Religious Studies from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from the American University in Cairo.

Marcia Beauchamp, PhD, Affiliate Director
Marcia Beauchamp oversees ING's affiliates nationwide. She is an independent consultant who has been involved in education in the U.S. for nearly twenty years. The focus of her work has been on religious freedom issues and teaching about religion in the public school curriculum. She was previously the Education Manager for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and Religious Freedom Programs Coordinator for the Freedom Forum’s First Amendment Center. From 2000-2005 Marcia chaired the Religion in Schools Task Force of the American Academy of Religion. Her writing on religion in schools issues has been published by Phi Delta Kappa, Independent School, Social Studies Review, and Religion & Education. Marcia earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies and Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.

Ameena Jandali, Content Director
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’s also appeared on many news outlets speaking on issues relating to American Muslims. She currently team teaches a class on Islam at San Francisco City College. 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.

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Monica Delgado, Operations Director
Monica comes to ING with 20 years of corporate accounting and finance experience in various industries. Monica earned her B.S. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from San Jose State University. She manages the daily operations of ING as well as the areas of accounting and finance.

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Hind Ghandour, PhD, Programs Manager
Hind’s doctorate is in Cultural Anthropology from Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia. Before joining ING, Hind was the programs officer at San Francisco State University’s department of Ethnic Studies. She spent two years researching refugee communities in the Middle East, with a particular interest in youth engagement and organization. She holds a master's degree in Business Studies from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom and an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the American University in Beirut. Hind has taught Political Science and Arabic language courses at the University of Exeter. She is an experienced educator, published author, trainer and speaker.

Henry Millstein, PhD, Content Manager & Programs Analyst
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.

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Lily Nasar, Programs Assistant
Lily earned her B.A. from the University of Houston with a major in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Health. Before joining ING, Lily was a project manager for a Houston-based company. She also worked with non-profit organizations serving as the Interfaith Co-Chair for the Islamic Society of Greater Houston and was on the planning committee for Speak Up! a non-profit organization focused on bringing awareness and understanding to issues affecting the local community. She was recognized and honored as Speak Up’s Volunteer of the Year for 2015–16. Lily is ING’s Scheduler and Asset Manager.

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Ishaq Pathan, INGYouth Coordinator
Ishaq earned his B.A. from Hamilton College with a major in Anthropology and minors in Education and Middle Eastern & Islamic World Studies. For his anthropology senior thesis, he performed an ethnographic study on American mosques and the perspectives of the Muslims who attend them. 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. 

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Kate Chance, Interfaith Coordinator
Kate obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Oxford in the Study of Religion, with concentrations in Islam and Hinduism. Before joining ING, Kate worked for the University of Florida’s Center for Global Islamic Studies and Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions, helping to coordinate conferences and events and creating interfaith initiatives in the Gainesville, Florida area. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Flagler College, with degrees in Psychology, Philosophy and Religion.

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Ali Taghavi, Communications Director
Ali is a communications consultant at ING. He has more than 15 years in strategic communications, public relations and media liaison experience for large, highly visible organizations across private and non-profit sectors, and a proven success creating comprehensive communications and media relations programs to support an organization’s brand and mission. Ali led the media relations, internal communications, marketing and social media efforts for one of the largest divisions within Stanford School of Medicine. He served as communications strategist to senior faculty members and researchers. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science and an M.P.A from California State University, Long Beach. Ali is a contributing author to Democracy & Action.

Steven Cohen, Communications Consultant
Steve is a communications consultant who focuses on creating and developing content and programs that advance public interest organizations and causes. He held senior communications positions at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education, and at the University of California Office of the President in admissions and outreach, as well as for a National Science Foundation-funded initiative. Steve’s writing, publications, and videos have been recognized with awards from several organizations. He earned his M.A. with Honors in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts from San Francisco State University, where he also received his B.A. and teaching credential.

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