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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.

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.

Annafi Wahed – Board Secretary

Annafi Wahed

Annafi Wahed, CFA is a Bangladeshi American with 5+ years of experience in financial services risk management and business development. Her experience spans from the public sector (FDIC), to the private sector (Ernst & Young), and finally the non-profit sector (Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners). Most recently, she founded The Flip Side, a daily newsletter that delivers smart, curated analysis of political news from both sides: theflipside.io

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.

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.