S.A. Ibrahim is the former CEO of Radian Group Inc., and the first Muslim to serve on any board of the Anti-Defamation League. He heads the Nina and S.A. Ibrahim Foundation, which is devoted to increasing religious tolerance through student travel and exchanges. Along with the Department of State and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, he funded a trip to Dachau and Auschwitz for a group of Muslim leaders from around the world. Together with his son, Winston, he created the Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Project in the Middle East, which provides opportunities for high-achieving U.S. undergraduate students of diverse faiths to develop their leadership skills and gain first-hand experience with dialogue efforts in the Middle East.
S.A. holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania and a BE in Engineering from Osmania University in India.
<p>Rabia Chaudry is an attorney, a 2016 Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace, an International Security Fellow at New America, co-host and co-producer of the popular podcast Undisclosed, which examines wrongful convictions, and author of the New York Times bestselling book Adnan’s Story. She is the Founder of the Safe Nation Collaborative, a training firm for countering violent extremism. She practiced federal immigration and civil rights law for over a decade, and has been the public advocate for Adnan Syed, the convicted man at the center of the hit podcast Serial, for seventeen years. She is a frequent public speaker and writer on extremism, religion, and criminal justice, and has published a widely-read piece in Time magazine on her fellowship with the Shalom Hartman Institute.</p>
<p>Rabia received her JD from the George Mason School of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.</p>
Imam Shamsi Ali is a well-known religious scholar and interfaith bridge builder in New York and beyond. Currently, Imam Ali leads the Jamaica Muslim Center, the largest Muslim community center in New York City. He is also the founder and President of Nusantara Foundation, a nonprofit focusing on building peace and harmony between peoples of all backgrounds.
Raheemah Abdulaleem serves as Senior Associate General Counsel in the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration (OA). She advises OA on compliance with federal administrative laws, and represents OA in administrative proceedings. Raheemah has received numerous awards for her work, including national recognition as one of the top lawyers under age 40. Previously, Raheemah advanced the cause of civil rights as a Senior Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Raheemah is the Board Chair of a nonprofit organization based in Washington D.C. that works to provide accessible legal scholarship to Muslims and non-Muslims on issues related to Islamic law, particularly gender and racial equity, conflict resolution, and civil rights. Raheemah speaks frequently on tolerance, diversity, and social justice.
Raheemah earned her JD from Harvard Law School and her BA from Yale University.
Shakila T. Ahmad is the first female president of the board of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati. She spearheaded the creation of an educational DVD, guided tours, and ran a speakers bureau for the Center to increase understanding of Islam, the Muslim community, and mosques in the United States. She is active in interfaith relations and racial justice, and has partnered with AJC locally. She also serves on numerous regional and national civic and community boards. In addition to the Islamic Center, Shakila also seeks to further interfaith and intercultural education and understanding through her involvement with United Way of Greater Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati Foundation, and Xavier University President’s advisory boards.
Shakila earned her BS in Mathematics with a minor in Information Systems from the University of Cincinnati.
Roberta Baruch is an Assistant Director of Compliance at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. She previously worked at the Environmental Protection Agency and in private practice in Boston. She is active on intergroup and interreligious projects, including organizing one with the Asian-American community and participating in an ongoing dialogue with the Maryland Muslim Council. She serves on the Board of the Transatlantic Institute of AJC.
She received a JD from Harvard Law School and an AB from the University of Chicago.
Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl is the Senior Rabbi of Central Synagogue in New York City, the first woman to lead the large Reform congregation in its 175-year history. Born in Korea to a Jewish American father and a Korean Buddhist mother, Rabbi Buchdahl is the first Asian American to be ordained as cantor or rabbi in North America. Prior to her service at Central
Synagogue, Rabbi Buchdahl served as associate rabbi/cantor at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, N.Y.
She earned a BA in Religious Studies from Yale University in 1994. Rabbi Buchdahl was invested as a cantor in 1999 and ordained as a rabbi in 2001 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow.