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Learning Launch Planning Committee

Welcome to the 2021 Year of Learning. During the Fall of 2020, a committee of leaders convened to start planning the first of a series of yearlong events that will foster a deeper understanding of American Muslims, Muslim NGO communities, nuances of funding, and specific issues these communities face.

Aarón Siebert-Llera, Civil Rights Attorney & Community Advocate, LinkedIn

Allison Kysia, RISE Together Fund at Proteus Fund

Andrew Keeler, Associate Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, LinkedIn

Anne-Marie Germaine, Woods Fund

Arshia Ali-Khan, Interim CEO & CDO, Muslim Legal Fund of America, LinkedIn

Asad Ali Jafri, Executive Director, South Asia Institute, LinkedIn

Brie Loskota, Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC

Daniel Ash, Chicago Community Trust

Dilnaz Waraich, Collaborator, Community Collaboration Initiative, Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy

Dr. Dilara Sayeed, IL Muslim Civic Coalition, LinkedIn

Dr. Joe Hoereth, Director, Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, University of Illinois - Chicago, LinkedIn

Eboo Patel, IFYC

Emmalee Scott, ACLU

Farhan Latif, El Hibri Foundation

Gerald (Jihad Luqmaan) Hankerson (Abdur-Rahman), Outreach Coordinator, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)-Chicago, LinkedIn

Hilesh Patel, Field Foundation

Jawaad Abdul Rahman, Unity Productions Foundation

Jenan Mohajir, IFYC

Jesse Herr, Bank of America

Jose A. Rico, TRHT/WoodsFund

Kalia Abade, Pillars Fund

Karimata Bah, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Kulsum Ameji, Legal Aid Chicago

Lee LoBue, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel at the Office of Illinois Governor JB Pritzker

Meira Neggaz, Executive Director, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), LinkedIn

Muhi Khwaja, Co-Founder, American Muslim Community Foundation, LinkedIn

Norma E. Ramos, Associate Director,  UIC Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement

Noorain Khan, Ford Foundation

Paul Reilly, Bank of America

Rashid Dar, Templeton Foundation

Reema Kamran, IL Muslim Civic Coalition

Roohi Younus, Collaborator, Community Collaboration Initiative, Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy

Sadia Sindhu, Executive Director, University of Chicago, Center for Effective Government, LinkedIn

Sayeda Jafri, HUB Foundation

Shamar Hemphill, IMAN

Shariq Ahmed Siddiqui, CCI

Shelia Brown, Administrative Assistant, UIC Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement

Shireen Zaman, Proteus Fund

Steve Bynum, Senior Producer, Chicago Public Media/WBEZ, LinkedIn

Zaheer Ali, Open Society

Zeenat Rahman, Inclusive America Project, Aspen Institute

Zeyba Rahman, Doris Duke of Islamic Art