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Board of Directors

Shireen Soliman – Board Chair

Shireen Soliman Shireen Soliman has over 20+ years’ experience in various areas of fashion and textile design and has worked for brands such as Nautica, Victoria’s Secret, Coach, among others. As an educator, Shireen has taught for 15 years, both in the classroom and in the design studio, and at prestigious Fashion programs at Parsons: the New School for Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Pratt Institute. Shireen recently received her M.S. from Bank Street College of Education in the “Leadership in Technology and the Arts” program. She offers workshops in the community on topics ranging from Fashion, Art and Technology, to Cultural Diversity and Identity Development in teenage girls. Shireen identifies as an Egyptian-American Muslim, but above all, being a single mother of 2 tweens gives her the greatest pride and the motivation to serve her community.

Estelle Chan – Board Treasurer

Estelle Chan

Estelle is a Senior Project Manager with the Development team at Omni New York LLC. Prior to joining Omni in 2016, Estelle worked in the development team of Jonathan Rose Companies, and was a principal urban planner with JTC Corporation, the largest commercial developer in Singapore, from 2009 to 2015. Prior to that, Estelle worked in the London Offices of Buro Happold with the design consortium leading the London 2012 Olympics master plan. Estelle is an AICP-certified planner, with experience in affordable housing development, financial modeling, infra-structure planning and urban design. Estelle received a Masters in Real Estate Development from MIT and a B.A in Urban Studies and Sociology from Columbia University.

Patricia A. Joyce – Board Secretary

Patricia A. Joyce

Patricia Joyce is an associate professor at Adelphi University School of Social Work. She received her B.A. from St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland, her M.S.W. from Hunter College, and her D.S.W. from the CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Joyce has published and presented nationally and internationally; her research focuses on trauma, culture, and mental health. She has worked in a child abuse treatment program and inpatient psychiatric units with children, adolescents, and their families. In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Joyce has consulted to social service and mental health agencies in the New York area.

Robina Niaz – Board Member

Robina Niaz

Robina Niaz is the founder and Executive Director of Turning Point for Women and Families. She is a social worker, women’s rights advocate, and a civil rights activist. She currently serves on the Board of the Muslim Consultative Network and the Hartley Film Foundation. She is also a former Board member with Sakhi for South Asian Women, Coalition of Battered Women’s Advocates and Queens Women’s Network and an Advisory Board member with the Interfaith Council of New York. Born and raised in Pakistan, Robina has an M.S in Applied Psychology (Pakistan) and an MSW from Hunter College, New York. She is a 2007 CORO Immigrant Leadership Fellow and a 2005 Open Society Institute/RCLA Social Justice Fellow. Robina speaks Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, and Hindi.

Hiba Chergou – Board Member

Hiba Chergou

Hiba was born and raised in Morocco where she attended French School, studying and learning in both French and Arabic. Upon high school graduation, Hiba moved to the United States to pursue her undergraduate studies at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, majoring in Finance. During her undergraduate studies, she helped start the FMA Program which helps students get connected to finance pioneers/entrepreneurs, inviting many guest speakers to the Las Vegas campus. The FMA still exists today. After graduation Hiba has built a career as business analyst for a Las Vegas based technology company that develops software to help courts become paperless, both nationally in the United States and internationally. She is now working and living in New York City.

Amina Rashad – Board Member

Amina Rashad

Amina  obtained her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2013 and is admitted to practice law in both New York and New Jersey. Amina has a private practice located in Uniondale, New York, and has dedicated her entire career to Family and Matrimonial Law, developing a nuanced understanding of the law in this practice area. In addition to her private practice, Amina serves as Court-Appointed Counsel in Suffolk County Family Court, representing low-income clients in Custody, Child Support, and Family Offense proceedings. Amina is also a proud mother of two with a passion for all things creative, including fashion and interior design.

Rowaida Abdelaziz – Board Member

Rowaida Abdelaziz

Rowaida Abdelaziz is a journalist at HuffPost, where she focuses on civil rights and social justice issues within the Muslim community. Based in New York City, Rowaida spearheads the coverage of Islamophobia and the rising anti-Muslim sentiment where she provides guidance for diverse coverage of the Muslim Americans within mainstream media. Rowaida has broken numerous stories from across the U.S. Some of her notable works include documenting the challenges faced by Muslim women, to exposing anti-Muslim employee discrimination in the workplace as well as reporting on Islamophobic legislation and policies. In 2016, Rowaida was a lead reporter for the Islamophobia Tracker, a project that documented the anti-Muslim rhetoric that spiked across the U.S. Fluent in Arabic, Rowaida also has written numerous stories on the Middle East and covered the refugee crises in Syria, Yemen and other parts of the Arab world.

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