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 Silicon Valley Interreligious Council (SiVIC), the Municipal Management Association of Northern California, and volunteers regularly at local public schools.

Michelle Galecki, Programs Associate
Michelle earned her Bachelors of Science from the University of Vermont (UVM) with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Japanese. At UVM, she was an active member in a variety of clubs, including Student Climate Culture, a student group organizing for the divestment of fossil fuels at UVM and English Conversation Corner, which supported international students improving their English skills. Michelle has held internships with Family Room in Burlington, VT, a child-parent care center primarily serving refugee resettlement families and with WESPAC (Westchester People’s Action Coalition) in White Plains, NY. She also worked as a senior caregiver with Home Instead Senior Care in Burlington, VT.

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:

Roshi Pejhan, Communications & Social Media Specialist
Roshi Pejhan has over 10 years in MarComm and has been a social media consultant since 2009. Roshi earned her BA in International Relations from the University of California at Davis and her MA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. Roshi has worked across a variety of industries, crafting and executing effective social media strategies for large companies, small businesses, and nonprofits. As erstwhile Executive Director and Editor of Aslan Media, Roshi spearheaded the independent media brand to an online readership in over 100 countries, working with the founder to build a platform where young people could publish constructive dialogue about the MENASA regions.

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.

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