2018 Cohort

    Zoya Sattar

    Senator Charles Schumer (NY)

    Zoya Sattar is a junior at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, majoring in International Studies with a focus in Conflict Resolution. Recent internships at the Pakistani-American Political Action Committee and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (Oklahoma) awakened her drive to work in DC to have the greatest impact on policy affecting Muslims and other minority groups. A youth leader in her hometown of Oklahoma, Zoya helped set up the Oklahoma Muslim Gamechangers (OMG) Program, with the hope of teaching Muslim high schoolers how to become more vocal and civically engaged. Zoya aspires to become a diplomat and work to resolve the increasing global tensions.

    Sabri Siraj

    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)

    Sabri Siraj will be a first-year law student this fall at Harvard Law School. Prior to starting law school, Sabri graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Political Science. Sabri spent time tutoring local refugee students in different school subjects, and working as a communications intern for the nonprofit organization People for the American Way in Washington, D.C. Sabri is passionate about human and civil rights issues both domestically and abroad, and looks to pursue a career dedicated to bringing change and being a voice for those less fortunate.

    Wafa Jawad

    Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA)

    Wafa Jawad is a junior at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts majoring in Government, minoring in Middle East Studies. Wafa is the transfer senator with the Smith College Student Government Association, publicity chair for Al-Iman. Wafa is a volunteer with Amnesty International, serving as a Student Activist Coordinator and was also the president of her past college’s Amnesty International group, where she worked with her local elected officials to organize a town hall discussion about President Trump’s “Muslim Ban”. In the future, Wafa hopes to expand on her research and pursue a future in foreign policy and international relations, perhaps even running for public office.

    Arwa Dubad

    Senator Patty Murray (WA)

    Arwa Dubad is a student at the University of Washington, Tacoma majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, with a minor in Human Rights and Religious Studies. Arwa serves as the student body president at her campus, she oversees a team of directors, senators, and hired staff at the Associated Students of University of Washington Tacoma (ASUWT). Arwa plans to attend Law School after taking a gap year to study and prepare for the LSAT.

    Zohair Alam

    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)

    Zohair Alam is a senior majoring in Marketing at the University of Houston. He is currently interning at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. This internship has been able to rejuvenate his passion for criminal justice and help the victims in the community. Zohair is an active volunteer in his community, assisting in a number of non-profit organizations from helping immigrants with legal issues, to connecting children with books. Zohair has received the Dean’s Award at the University of Houston for the past two consecutive semesters and hopes to pursue a J.D. after graduation.

    Azhar Gulaid

    Senator Charles Schumer (NY)

    Azhar Gulaid is a senior at Smith College where she is studying government with a minor in economics. She is particularly interested in international relations and public policy, and believes that social justice can be incorporated into all areas of work and study. She previously interned for the New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a civil rights organization where she worked on communications and outreach. Azhar is interested in pursuing a career in law and international relations.

  • 2017 Cohort

    Hadeel Abdallah

    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)

    Hadeel is a student at the University of Kentucky, pursuing a B.A. in Political Science and Arabic and Islamic Studies. She is President of her college's Muslim Student Association. She is the Director of Inclusion and Outreach for her student government. She is also the National Outreach Director for the Muslim Youth of North America. She loves spending time with family and friends, baking, and traveling.

    Mustafa Alemi

    Congressman Ruben Kihuen (NV-4)

    Mustafa is a student at San Diego State University, pursuing a B.A. in Political Science. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Associated Students and President of Students for Justice in Palestine. Mustafa is also the founder of CommUNITY, a student led organization that equips minority students at SDSU with the tools to run for student government offices. He enjoys graphic design and does freelance work when he has time. Mustafa intends on attending law school after graduation.

    Nadim Houssain

    Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-2)

    Nadim Houssain is a law student at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Before attending law school, Nadim graduated from the UC Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Global Studies. After graduation, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso where he specialized in community economic development. Following his Peace Corps service, Nadim worked briefly for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign as a Field Organizer.

    Sadaf Mehdi

    Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-6)

    Sadaf is an alum of the City University of New York Hunter College, where she earned a B.A. in Economics and held a Focus Study in Urban Studies. She served as a Project Leader of the Hunger Prevention and Homeless Outreach Campaign for the New York Public Interest Research Group. She also interned for the South Asian Council for Social Services. She believes she can make a positive impact in the country she calls home.

    Maryam Sarhan

    Congressman Bill Pascrell (NJ-8)

    Maryam graduated from Stockton University with a B.A. in Political Science. As President of the Student Senate, she worked with campus administration to protect the rights of immigrants. She also served as the Student Trustee of the Stockton University Board of Trustees, representing over 9,000 students. She represented Stockton University both nationally and internationally as a member of the Model United Nations Team. She plans to pursue a career in international relations.

    Nabil Shaikh

    Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27)

    Nabil is a public policy scholar and Master in Public Affairs candidate at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School through the Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative. Through spending his college summers exploring the various actors that shape global health care, Nabil has developed an interest in public health, ethics, and public service. He wrote his senior thesis on global access to end-of-life care and on theories of health justice. He is also passionate about interfaith work, civic engagement, youth consulting, altruism, and advocacy.

  • 2016 Cohort

    Aziz Ahmad

    Congressman Henry “Hank” Johnson (GA-4)

    Aziz is a student at Baldwin Wallace University studying International Affairs and Political Science with concentrations in Middle Eastern/North African Studies and Legal Studies. Aziz is the co-founder and President of the Middle Eastern Culture Club on campus, a member of the Muslim Student Association, a Resident Assistant, and Campus Ambassador for the Peace Corps.

    Omar Al-Hendy

    Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)

    Omar attends the University of Pittsburgh, pursuing a B.A. in Political Science and Economics. Last summer, Omar studied abroad in London and interned at a research firm, working on a project to discover how to turn around recent low voter turnout. After graduating, Omar plans to return to the Hill to work as a legislative aid or staffer. Omar is primarily interested in health and economic policy.

    Bunyad Bhatti

    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)

    Bunyad attends the College of New Jersey, majoring in PoliSci with minors in Arabic, and Women and Gender Studies. She interned for the Regional Director at the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services in New York City, where she assisted in the department’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Prior to this, she served as the Press Secretary for New Jersey’s 15th District Assemblyman campaign.

    Jenan Abu-Hakmeh

    Congressman Bill Pascrell (NJ-8)

    Jenan is an honors student attending the New Jersey Institute of Technology, pursuing a B.S. in Business with concentrations in Finance and International Business, along with a minor in Legal Studies. She founded her campus chapter of Girl Up, a U.N. Foundation organization devoted to advocating for policy changes and raising awareness to empower females around the world.

    RJ Khalaf

    Congressman Andre Carson (IN-7)

    RJ is passionate about social and political rights, and attends New York University majoring in Global Liberal Studies. RJ studied abroad at NYU London, serving as liaison for the TEDx NYU London team. With his counterparts in New York, he organized two successful TEDx events in his first semester. RJ has also spent summers volunteering in Palestinian refugee camps. He is now developing an organization that creates hands-on, leadership-based workshops for Palestinian youth in refugee camps.


    Basmah Nada

    House Democratic Caucus

    Basmah is a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins University (JHU) with a degree in International Studies and Political Science. Basmah served as a counselor and board member of Camp Kesem, and following graduation, she dedicated her time to the non-profit Act4Accountability, promoting social change using knowledge of the African diaspora. Her passion for political activism, community engagement also led her to become a Government & Policy intern at MPAC.

  • 2015 Cohort

    Amirah Ahmad

    Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14)

    Amirah Ahmad is a student the University of Virginia. She is interested in human rights, social justice, international relations, and global development. Previously, she has interned at the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press in Beijing and Wicell Technologies in Jakarta. She is a Global Greeter, peer advisor, publicity chair for UN Women, member of the Muslim Student Association, and a volunteer for Challah for Hunger.

    Obaida Albaroudi

    Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-5)

    Obaida is a Business Economics and International Relations double-major at the University of California, Irvine. He loves basketball and considers himself a foodie. He hopes to affect positive change for all communities and people.

    Sommer Iqbal

    Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)

    Sommer Iqbal is an International Political Economy major at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is interested in social justice and activism, environmental policy, and South Asian and Middle Eastern affairs. Her ultimate goal is to help the Muslim community through her work as much as possible. One of her dreams is to work for the White House as a liaison for the Muslim community.

    Aisha Yaqoob

    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)

    Aisha Yaqoob is a graduate student at the University of Georgia, pursuing her Masters of Public Administration & Policy. She is interested in public policy on the local and state level. During her undergrad years at at the University of Georgia, she was involved in various student organizations and served as president of her local MSA. She serves an advisory capacity on her local government’s planning projects.

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