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OUR VISION

To be a leading advocate for Justice & Mutual Understanding.

OUR MISSION

To enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CAIR at a glance

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, with regional offices nationwide and in Canada. The national headquarters is located on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA) Staff

Portrait of Zahra Billoo
Zahra Billoo   |  Executive Director

As the Executive Director for the CAIR San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA) chapter, Zahra Billoo strives to promote justice and understanding at local and national levels. In 2009, Zahra joined CAIR-SFBA and immediately embraced her roles as community organizer and civil rights advocate. She frequently provides trainings at local mosques and universities as part of CAIR’s efforts to empower the community, while building bridges with allies on key civil rights issues. Zahra also represents victims of discrimination and advocates for positive policy changes that uphold civil rights for all. In March 2011, at her direction, CAIR-SFBA filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice challenging their warrantless use of GPS tracking devices to target American Muslims. Her work with CAIR-SFBA has been highlighted in local and national media outlets including KTVU, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, the Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. Most notably, she made waves when she appeared on FOX News’ O'Reilly Factor in Fall 2010 to discuss invasive TSA practices. A 2010 recipient of the San Francisco Minority Bar Coalition's Unity Award and a 2011 recipient of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California's Public Interest Attorney of the Year Award, Zahra has been a devoted labor rights advocate for several years. While in college, she worked with the California Faculty Association on issues including faculty salaries and the defunding of public higher education. While in law school, Zahra was awarded the Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship to work with the National Employment Law Project. Zahra graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Long Beach with degrees in Human Resources Management and Political Science. She earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, and was admitted to the California Bar in 2009.

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Amina Abid   |  Operations Coordinator

While Amina's academics focused on the design of civil structures, her passion lies in protecting the civil liberties of her fellow American Muslims. After completing her Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego Amina worked with the Bay Area Muslim Community in various capacities as an Events and Programs Coordinator. While employed at the Muslim Community Association, Bay Area as their Youth Coordinator, Amina was also the Assistant Director for the Muslim American Society – Youth Division. She has volunteered with many other organizations including Islamic Relief, MSA West, MAS, local MSA’s, and masjids. Amina joined CAIR-SFBA as the Operations Coordinator in March 2011.

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Sameena Usman  |  Government Relations Consultant

Sameena graduated Magna Cum Laude from San Jose State University with a BA in Political Science and minors in Middle Eastern Studies and Communications. After graduating, Sameena started working as a Field Representative for Assemblywoman Sally Lieber's office. She left her Sales Administration position with Pivotal Corp to work for CAIR-SFBA as a Public Relations Coordinator. She currently serves as a Government Relations Consultant for CAIR-SFBA. Sameena is a mother of two children.

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Rachel Roberts  |  Civil Rights Coordinator

Rachel Roberts graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 2011 with a specialization in Public Interest Law and Policy. She served as a law clerk for a year in CAIR's LA office, where she developed a keen and dedicated interest in working on civil rights issues affecting the American Muslim community. During law school she participated in UCLA's Immigration Law Clinic where she represented an applicant for asylum. She also served as the Co-editor in Chief of the UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law and oversaw production of the journal's symposium issue on the criminalization of Islamic philanthropy. Rachel has been deeply involved with activism for Palestinian rights since 2003. She has served as a media coordinator for the International Solidarity Movement and has worked with the Youth Leadership Institute of Jewish Voice for Peace, Young, Jewish and Proud. She holds an MA in Biblical Studies and Ancient Semitic Language from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and a BA from Oberlin College.

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Lucy Porras  |  Special Projects Coordinator

CAIR-SFBA Law Clerks & Internsback to top

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Portrait of Safaa Ibrahim
Safaa Ibrahim  |  

Safaa Ibrahim is a social and civic non-profit professional dedicated full-time to the San Francisco Bay Area Community. She holds a B.S. in International Business and her professional experience include internet and software project management, operations, marketing, and she has contributed to the establishment of two small business start-ups. Since, 2004, she has been active with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim Community Association (MCA), GiveLight Foundation, The Family Network, Inc, and Averroes Institute. Safaa was appointed Executive Director of CAIR-SFBA in July 2005 and currently serves as president of the CAIR-SFBA executive committee and as a member of the CAIR-CA board of directors. Her activism portfolio includes numerous media interviews and press conferences, advocacy with federal, state, and local public officials, and has spoken at various universities and community forums across the Bay Area on topics that enhance understanding of Islam and issues relating to American-Muslim civil rights in a post 9/11 America. Safaa’s efforts are inspired by the belief that “rights and freedoms can be preserved through unity and community empowerment”.

Portrait of Athar Siddiqee
Athar Siddiqee  |  President

Athar remembers when the Muslim community in the Bay Area was quite small, having moved here in 1967, along with his family. During this time, Athar has come to very much appreciate what makes this country great and cherishes its traditions of openness, freedom, and inclusivity. Professionally, Athar has worked in the field of Compensation for 15 years. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics/Economics from UCLA and an MBA in Marketing from Santa Clara University.

Portrait of Donna  Shaikh
Donna Shaikh  |  Secretary

Donna is a native of the Bay Area, born in San Jose, California. She has a great interest in Civil Rights and in helping those less fortunate than herself. She joined the CAIR Executive Committee in February 2009. Donna graduated from California State University East Bay with a B.A. in Liberal Studies, and earned a Teaching Credential at San Jose State University. Donna taught and was Principal at the Peace Terrace Academy in Fremond, for several years. As such she was involved in curriculum development, event planning and meeting management. She taught pre-K and developed curriculum for pre-schoolers at the Islamic Sunday School in Colorado Springs. Donna is currently the volunteer coordinator for the North American Islamic Shelter for the Abused (NISA). She previously served on the committee of Christians and Muslims in Partnership for Peace.

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Ahmed Shah  |  Executive Committee Member

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Arefa Vohra  |  Treasurer

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Aliah Abdo  |  Executive Committee Member

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Maleeha Haq  |  Vice President

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Portrait of Safaa  Ibrahim
Safaa Ibrahim  |  Chairman

Safaa Ibrahim holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Strayer University. Her professional experience includes internet and software project management, operations, marketing, and she has contributed to the establishment of two small business start-ups. In the past five years, Ms. Ibrahim has shifted her career path by dedicating herself to nonprofit endeavors by volunteering full-time to the San Francisco Bay Area community. She has been active with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (CAIR-SFBA), the Muslim Community Association (MCA), and GiveLight Foundation. Ms. Ibrahim was appointed Executive Director of CAIR-SFBA in July 2005 and currently serves on the executive committee for the chapter.

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Wazhma Mojaddidi, Esq.  |  Vice President

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Anbar Mahar  |  Treasurer

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Ziad Asghar  |  Secretary

Ziad Asghar serves on the Executive Committee of CAIR-SD. He is also on the board of Iqraa Academy of San Diego, a non-profit academic institution focused on Arabic and Quranic learning. Ziad works on wireless product & technology strategy in the semiconductor industry. He holds a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Purdue University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from University of California, San Diego.

Portrait of Dr. Hamza El Nakhal
Dr. Hamza El Nakhal  |  Member

Dr. Hamza El-Nakhal is a retired professor. He was born in Cairo, Egypt. His B.S. (1964) and M.S. (1965) degrees were in Food Science and Technology from University Of Ein Shams In Cairo. His Ph. D. degree is in Microbiology from UCD 1976. He worked in the US, Saudi Arabia and Egypt at different times. He is married with two daughters, one son and one grand son. As a student in Davis, Hamza served as president of International club, Orientation club. He, also, was a member of the international student advisory committee to the Late Chancellor James Mayer and member of Club Finance Council of ASUCD. As a university professor, beside teaching and research, he served as head of Dept. and chaired many committees including Budget, Laboratories, Scientific research, curriculum, admission and registration and many others. Hamza has many published one book in Microbiology, many scientific papers and educational papers. After retirement, Hamza served in many non-profit organizations including Human, Civil Rights, Charity, Interfaith and Community service. Currently Serving as: member of Community Advisory Board to Davis Police Dept., member of the Board of Directors of International House and member of the Board of Directors of Davis Community Meals.

Portrait of Hussam Ayloush
Hussam Ayloush  |  Member

Hussam Ayloush is the Executive Director and has been since 1998. He frequently lectures on Islam, media relations, civil rights, hate crimes and international affairs pertaining to American Muslims. He has consistently appeared in local, national, and international media advocating and articulating the mainstream Muslim position on various issues.

Portrait of Sameena Usman
Sameena Usman  |  Member

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Noha Salem  |  Member

Portrait of Yasir Mahar
Yasir Mahar  |  Member

Yasir Mahar is an Assistant Fund Controller for a financial services firm. Being in the field for almost ten years, his areas of expertise include accounting, finance, and business process improvement. He loves playing basketball and reading.

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Rashid Ahmad  |  Advisor

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2012/2013 Annual Report
2012/2013 Annual Report

Download Arrow  Download the 2012/2013 Annual Report in .PDF format

Our annual report is an opportunity to share our advancements in our grassroots advocacy work with the broader community. As with prior years, this year was full of exciting and proud moments for CAIR and the California Muslim community.

PAST ANNUAL REPORTS: 2011/2012 | 2010/2011 | 2009/2010 | 2007/2008 | 2006/2007