Please direct all communication for Rami to Ammiel Mateen (ammiel @ imancentral.org), Executive Administrator
Rami Nashashibi has served as the Executive Director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) since its incorporation as a nonprofit in January 1997. He has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago and has been an adjunct professor at various colleges and universities across the Chicagoland area, where he has taught a range of Sociology, Anthropology, and other Social Science courses. He has worked with several leading scholars in the area of globalization, African American studies and urban sociology and has contributed chapters to edited volumes by Manning Marable and Saskia Sassen.
Rami has lectured across the United States, Europe, and Asia on a range of topics related to American Muslim identity, community activism and social justice issues, and is a recipient of several prestigious community service and organizing honors. Rami and his work with IMAN have been featured on many national and international media outlets including the BBC, PBS and a front page story in the Chicago Tribune. In 2007 Islamica Magazine profiled Rami as being among the “10 Young Muslim Visionaries Shaping Islam in America” and in 2009, Chicago Public Radio selected Rami Nashashibi as one of the city’s Top Ten Chicago Global Visionaries. Rami was named one of the “500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in concert with Georgetown’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. He was named a White House “Champion of Change” in 2011, and was also invited by the governor of Illinois to serve on the Commission for the Elimination of Poverty and as a member of the Governor’s Muslim Advisory Council.
Rami lives with his wife and three children on Chicago’s Southwest Side.
Altaf Kaiseruddin, MD: IMAN Health Clinic Director
altaf @ imancentral.org
Dr. Altaf Kaiseruddin grew up in Chicago and has been active in the Muslim community his entire life. He has volunteered on and off with IMAN since its inception, and formally joined IMAN as Clinic Director in November of 2010. He obtained his Medical Degree from Ross University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, Wausau Family Practice Center. His entire career has been dedicated to health care for the under-served.
alia @ imancentral.org
Alia J. Bilal serves as Manager of Donor Relations for IMAN, where she is responsible for cultivating and maintaining individual donors in order to sustain and advance the organization’s critical social justice work. In her almost six years at IMAN, Alia has worked on development, community organizing and policy, advocating on issues related to food, criminal, and juvenile justice, and strategizing around creative new ways to get healthy foods and safe physical activities into Chicago neighborhoods.
A native of Chicago’s South Side, Alia graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in International Studies and a concentration in Islamic World Studies. She studied Arabic and Islamic History in Cairo, Egypt, and was an intern for the Muslim Public Service Network in Washington, DC. Alia has given talks and conducted workshops on the connection between faith and social justice, IMAN’s community organizing model, and access to healthy food both locally and across the United States. She is an appointee of the Equity Advisory Council of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations and lives with her husband on Chicago’s South Side.
Dr. LeNedra Wallace-Fierte: Behavioral Health Manager
shamar @ imancentral.org
Shamar brings with him vast experience in the areas of civic engagement, community organizing and youth development. Born on the South Side of Chicago. He attended Langston University in 1999 and began studying Sociology. Upon his return to Chicago in 2005, he took a position at the Mosque Foundation as youth coordinator, working with both Arab and African American Muslim Youth. In 2007, Shamar was recruited to participate in Public Allies, a leadership development program started by Michelle Obama. After graduating from Public Allies in 2008, Shamar began working for the Inner-City Muslim Action Network as coordinator for the organization’s youth department. He posses many years experience working in low-income neighborhoods throughout the Chicagoland area, both as an Organizer & Adult Ally to young people.
ammiel @ imancentral.org
Ammiel Mateen hails from a family focused on activism and service. Mateen’s family started a nonprofit called ‘Making Ends Meet‘, which helped secure living necessities for people in need. Due to her experience serving the community, she has striven to remain connected to others through service, a path that’s led her to IMAN. Ammiel is an activist and a running enthusiast. She has also enjoyed a stint as a semi-professional clarinetist.
harriet @ imancentral.org
Harriet Lewis has an eclectic professional background, and has worked and volunteered in service to others for over twenty years. She has been the executive director of organizations that serve women internationally, local small business owners, survivors of domestic violence, and youth. A former U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer to Guinea-Bissau, she co-founded an organization that served refugee and immigrant women, and has presented internationally to leaders in business, health professions, and government. Harriet holds a PhD from Walden University in Human Services-Social Policy Analysis and Planning, and an MPA in Nonprofit Management from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
angela @ imancentral.org
Angela joined the IMAN family in 2007 as Receptionist / Office Manager. She is now the Operations and Facilities Manager. Angela graduated from Wilbur Wright College and for five years served as Security Manager at Sofitel Water Tower Hotel. Angela is certified in CPR and Basic First Aid, is a Certified Nursing Assistant, a Designated Fire Deputy certified by the Chicago Fire Department, and is certified in emergency preparedness.
sara @ imancentral.org
Sara Hamdan was raised in the Chicagoland area, with roots in Palestine. In 2011, Sara graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in Anthropology. Prior to joining IMAN, Sara worked with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights administering programs and working in the field with community-based organizations across the state. Sara has experience developing and implementing programing for Muslim American youth particularly around issues of identity exploration and creative expression. Sara currently manages IMAN’s Muslim Run Corner Store Campaign.
sadia @ imancentral.org
Late in her high school career, Sadia Nawab became heavily involved with IMAN’s Health Clinic and Organizing, Youth and Arts programs. She received a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Loyola University Chicago. Sadia has served young people in many capacities, including the healthcare industry, in summer programs, and most recently through international development and relief efforts focused on orphaned youth. As an artist known as ‘Ms. DiJa’, she is passionate and skilled DJ. Sadia uses music to transcend borders, generation gaps and skin color differences by promoting dignity and positive values with conscious lyrics and beats. She uses music therapy as an ancillary component to spirituality and overall health. Sadia is a proud new mother and also enjoys cooking.
dallas @ imancentral.org
Dallas was born and raised on Chicago’s Southwest Side. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. Dallas has years of experience as a freelance photographer and videographer, and has worked with several community organizations across Chicago like Communities United (formerly Albany Park Neighborhood Council), Chicago Wisdom Project, and Chicago Health and Medical Careers Program (CAHMCP).
In 2014, Dallas helped establish the Southside Food Forest Permaculture Program located at Hales Franciscan High School. He also enjoys playing basketball and cooking.
madeehah @ imancentral.org
Madeehah has served as volunteer with IMAN since 2003. She attended Barry University for Pre-K Primary Montessori Education. She also worked at Clara Mohammed School in Miami as a Pre-K instructor for four years.
bilaal @ imancentral.org
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