Board of Directors

Amina Rashad – Board Chair

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.

Tazmin H. Uddin – Board Treasurer

Tazmin Uddin

Tazmin H. Uddin joined Turning Point’s Board in January 2022. Prior to this, she worked at Turning Point for almost 6 years, most recently as our Youth Program Director. Since 2008, she has volunteered and interned with multiple Muslim nonprofit organizations and was an instructor for NYU’s Science and Technology Entry Program. She joined Turning Point as our full-time Education and Outreach Coordinator in February 2016 and became our first Youth Coordinator in July 2016. She organized our annual flagship leadership project, Mecca to Manhattan: Muslim Women Moving Mountains® as well as our annual ARISE NY! Summit for several years. She also helped start our Seniors Program and until 2018, she conducted a weekly ESOL class (geared towards citizenship exam) for senior Muslim women and helped empower dozens of them by assisting them to pass the exam and become citizens. Tazmin completed her Master’s degree in Public Administration (2015) from The College of New Rochelle (CNR), where she also completed her undergraduate studies. While interning with Turning Point, Tazmin received the Ursuline Student Service Recognition Award in 2015. Tazmin was also named a 2018 Change Maker by the Coalition for Asian Children and Families (CACF). Tazmin is a native New Yorker of Bangladeshi descent and is currently based on the West Coast.

Rowaida Abdelaziz – Board Secretary

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.

Ruia Ahmadzada – Board Member & Chair, Fundraising Committee

Ruia Ahmadzada

Ruia Ahmadzada is the founder and CEO of NARI SKINCARE, the First Luxury Halal Certified Skincare in the world. A passionate leader and entrepreneur who wholeheartedly believes in the individual and corporate responsibility to serve others. For 30+ years Ruia has raised millions of dollars for non-profit organizations in the realm of higher education and provided the necessities needed to empower young girls, women, orphans, and widows locally and around the world. Ruia loves volunteering her time in coaching and supporting young girls, and women going through some of life’s challenges by assisting and facilitating their development of skill sets to set them up for success in their future endeavors. Ruia received her Bachelor of Science in Leadership and Management from New York University and currently lives in Long Island, NY with her two daughters.

Moumita Zaman – Board Member

Moumita Zaman

Moumita Zaman joined Turning Point’s Board in February 2022 and brings nearly fifteen years of work experience in health, education, and economic empowerment to promote social justice in New York City’s immigrant communities. She currently works at the New York City Department of Education as District Planner and Associate Director at the Office of District Planning. Her work entails the development of strategic plans to address needs and priorities of schools and school districts through research, assessment, and engagement with community stakeholders.

Moumita previously served as the Director of Curriculum and Strategic Engagement at the New York City Commission on Human Rights where she also At the Commission, she spearheaded the Commission’s youth services and launched the innovative Youth for Equity and Solidarity (YES) Initiative. She has extensive experience working with NYC’s Muslim and South Asian communities. Prior to joining the NYC Commission on Human Rights, Moumita she served as the Director of Outreach and Advocacy at Sapna NYC, a Bronx based community organization and served on the board of Women in Islam, Inc., a non-profit that empowers Muslim women as advocates for human rights and social justice.  Moumita is also a founding member and Treasurer of the inaugural Executive Committee of Bangladeshi Americans for Political Progress (BAPP).  Moumita has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Queens College, City University of New York and a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University.

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.

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