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, Bay Area 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. In 2019, Ishaq was an Interfaith Youth Core Innovation Fellow supporting Muslim, Jewish, and Sikh teens to raise awareness on Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and/or anti-Sikh bigotry in their schools. During his time at Hamilton College, he served as the Senior Chapel Fellow; president of the Muslim Student Association; and co-founder of the All Beliefs Union. Ishaq is also a member of the Interfaith Youth Core Alumni network and the International Foreign Language Honor Society, Phi Sigma Iota.

Rahimeh Ramezany, Program Manager
Rahimeh earned both her M.A. and B.A. in Communication Studies with a concentration in Intercultural Communication from San Jose State University. During her graduate school years she participated in an intensive study abroad program in Amman, Jordan, and earned a Certificate in Advanced Global Leadership from the Lucas College of Business’s Global Leadership Advancement Center. In 2016, Rahimeh served as a Fellow at the Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication, where she played an active role in the Institute’s programming and training opportunities. Since then, she has been working in the nonprofit sector as a project coordinator and trainer.

Content:

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.

Walead Mosaad, PhD, Content Director
Dr. Walead 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.

Imam Faheem Shuaibe, Consultant
Imam Faheem has been the Resident Imam of Masjidul Waritheen in Oakland, California for 36 years. Faheem is a lifelong student Of Imam W. Deen Mohammed (ra) and the founder of the Muslim American Research Institute Advocating Marriage (M.A.R.I.A.M.) as well as The Sacred Life Project (A public language codification project focused on the language, logic and legacy of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed (ra)). Imam Faheem consults and advises large and small companies and organizations, including The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco CA, Chiron Corporation of Emeryville CA, University of California, Yale University’s School of Law, Howard University and many more.

Imam Abu Qadir Al-Amin, Consultant
Imam Abu Qadir is the Resident Imam for the San Francisco Muslim Community Center for the last 30 years. He received his first appointment as Resident Imam in 1981 by the esteemed leader of Muslim Americans; Imam W. Deen Mohammed. Imam Abu Qadir has served as Muslim Chaplain at the Federal Prison FCI Dublin, CA. Additionally, he worked for the Center on Juvenile & Criminal Justice as Program Director and Associate Director for 23 years. As Imam of the San Francisco Muslim Community Center, he served as Convener of Western Regional Imams’ from 1995 thru 2010. He has been involved in city and state wide issues and concerns as a community organizer.

Dr. Jamillah Karim, PhD, Consultant
Dr. Jamillah is an author, speaker, blogger, and former Professor of Religion at Spelman College. She specializes in Islam and Muslims in the United States (African American, South Asian and Arab), Islamic Feminism, Race and Ethnicity, and Immigration and Transnational Identity. Dr. Jamillah has presented her research to several scholarly communities including Princeton, Vanderbilt, Harvard, and Brandeis. She obtained her Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at Duke University where she also did her undergraduate work in electrical engineering.

Imam Muhammad Ali, Consultant
Imam Muhammad currently works at Bucknell University in Central Pennsylvania as Chaplain for the Muslim Community and co-directs a mentoring program for underrepresented students. He worked most extensively as a Muslim Chaplain in the California State Prison and serves as VP of Correctional Chaplaincy for The Association of Muslim Chaplains. Imam Muhammad served as an Assistant Imam in Durham, NC and as an Imam in multiple Islamic Centers in the Bay Area. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from Thomas Edison State University. He earned an MDiv in Islamic Chaplaincy and an M.A. in Islamic Education from Bayan Islamic Graduate School.

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.

Interns:

Naira
Naira is a student at Columbia University, where she is studying Human Rights. She has completed extensive diversity and inclusion training and is passionate about social justice and equity. At Columbia, she is part of a South Asian fusion a cappella group and an interfaith collective. In her free time, she enjoys creative writing, playing guitar, tutoring English, painting, and reading.

Banafsheh
Banafsheh is a rising senior at a school in Palo Alto. She wants to improve interfaith and intercultural understanding through her work with ING. She also enjoys swimming, reading, and singing in her spare time.

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