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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.

Maureen Ahmed – Board Secretary

Maureen Ahmed

Maureen Ahmed graduated from Stony Brook University in 2011 with a degree in Political Science, Gender Studies, and Journalism. Upon graduation, she worked as a Paralegal at Tuckner, Sipser, Weinstock & Sipser: Women’s Rights in the Workplace Law Firm on cases involving sexual harassment, FMLA violations, and other protected status discrimination cases. She then went on to do work for local community organizations in Queens, NY such as SAYA! South Asian Youth Action and Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement, and also worked on the Development team at Catapult, the first crowdfunding platform for girls’ and women’s human rights. As a transnational feminist and writer, Maureen has written on South Asian, Middle Eastern and Muslim women’s issues for publications such as Policy Mic, She Rights, and Your Middle East. Maureen remains heavily invested in the development of her city, most recently serving in the 2013 Activist Alliance fellowship class for the NYC chapter of the National Organization of Women.  She is also a fellow of USC’s American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute’s 2014 Eastern Regional Program.

Patricia A. Joyce – Board Treasurer

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.

Iman Boukadoum – Board member

Iman Boukadoum

Iman Boukadoum is a social justice activist, attorney and an Algerian-American, Muslim woman. Her career began at the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS-CRCL) in Washington D.C. At DHS-CRCL she worked on a host of important policy reforms dealing with immigration and national security issues. Iman then transitioned to the American Civil Liberties Union’s Center for Justice (ACLU). At the ACLU she worked full-time on the militarization of policing investigation which germinated in the War Comes Home report that received national approbation during the 2014 Ferguson, Missouri protests, helping in some demilitarization efforts by the White House. She went on to work on affirmative and defensive asylum, cancellation of removal and appellate cases of undocumented migrants at the law firm of Youman, Madeo and Fasano. Iman received her B.A. from the University of Virginia with distinction and her J.D. from the College of William and Mary School of Law. She speaks Arabic and French and lives in New York City with her sister.

Azra Khalfan – Board Member

Azra Khalfan

Azra Khalfan is the CEO of Signs and Lucite Products, founded by her parents. After receiving a MicroLoan from ACCION, Azra was introduced to the Tory Burch Foundation. Through their partnership with Goldman Sachs, Azra graduated from the 10,000 Small Business Program. She shared her views as a leader on Work/Life Balance in the NY Times Best Seller Tory Burch: IN COLOR and featured in a cover story of Azizah Magazine which highlights achievements of Muslim women worldwide. She has been a guest speaker on various panels about small business-related issues and has mentored students in entrepreneurship. In May 2016, Azra received the MBE Catalyst Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

Azra has been involved in community fundraising for and raising awareness about assisting orphans and widows, as well as education empowerment. She has volunteered abroad, worked with non-profit organizations, and participated in missions to Iraq, Pakistan, and Tanzania. She enjoys horseback riding, hikes, and kayaking. She’s intrigued by Middle Eastern Architecture, especially churches, temples, and mosques. Azra was born and raised in the US to parents from Tanzania. She speaks Swahili and Gujrati and lives in New York with her parents and son, Muhammadali.

Shahreen Ali – Board member

Shahreen Ali

Shahreen Ali is a Director of Web and Mobile Application Development at the MTA. She has an extensive background in Technology Development and Management. Shahreen has an MS in Telecommunications from Stevens University of Technology and a BS in Electrical Engineering from CUNY-College of Staten Island. She is passionate about women’s rights and empowerment and enjoys traveling, hiking and good books. Shahreen is a Bangladeshi-American and speaks Bangla fluently.

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.