Our Staff & Interns

CAIR-SFBA Staff


Zahra Billoo, Esq.

Executive Director

Zahra Billoo is a civil rights attorney and the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). At the onset of 2017, Zahra joined the speaker lineup at the Women’s March on Washington and sued Donald Trump to challenge his “Muslim Ban” Executive Orders.

In the course of her work at CAIR, Zahra is frequently seen at mosques and universities facilitating trainings and workshops as a part of CAIR’s grassroots efforts to empower the American Muslim community and build bridges with allies on civil rights issues. She also provides direct legal services for victims of law enforcement targeting and Islamophobia. Her work has been highlighted in local and national media outlets including the Christian Science Monitor, KTVU, MSNBC, NPR, and the San Jose Mercury News.

Among her awards and recognitions, Zahra has received the 2017 Human Rights Award from the Society of American Law Teachers, the 2014 Unsung Hero Award from the Nationals Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and the 2013 Trailblazer Award from the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California.

A proud graduate of California’s public universities, Zahra graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Long Beach with degrees in Human Resources Management and Political Science. While in college, she held various leadership roles both at campus and state-wide advocacy efforts for college affordability and social justice. She also worked with the California Faculty Association. She earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and is licensed to practice law in California.

Outside of her work with CAIR, Zahra bakes birthday cakes for foster children through Cake4Kids and is a coordinator for Project Feed, a monthly homeless feeding effort in downtown San Francisco.

zbilloo@cair.com

Amina Abid

Operations Manager

Amina Abid is the Operations Manager for the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA). In this position, she manages staff, human resources, finances, and the office operations and organizational planning. Amina maintains fundraising and donor engagement efforts. She has also managed and executed signature programs including the Muslim Youth Leadership Program, Muslim Day at the Capitol, and the Annual CAIR-SFBA Banquet.

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, she worked with the San Diego and Bay Area Muslim Communities in various capacities as an Events and Programs Coordinator. Throughout her activism, she has worked with numerous organizations including: the Muslim Student Association (MSA) West, local MSA’s, the Muslim American Society, Islamic Relief and masjids. Amina joined CAIR-SFBA as the Operations Coordinator in March 2011.

aabid@cair.com

Sameena Usman

Government Relations Coordinator

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 worked as a Field Representative for Assemblywoman Sally Lieber’s office responding to constituent cases and conducting outreach within Assembly District 22.  She later worked as a Sales Administrator with Pivotal Corp until 2005 when she joined CAIR-SFBA as a Public Relations Coordinator.

She currently serves as a Government Relations Coordinator for CAIR-SFBA where she regularly meets with Bay Area elected officials to advocate for positive legislation and to highlight issues within the community, including civil rights complaints received by the office.  She actively works to build bridges with communities, conduct interfaith dialogue, educate youth, and empower the American Muslim community.  Sameena has been interviewed by the NBC Bay Area, KTVU2, KRON4, ABC7, Mercury News, LA Times, SF Chronicle, SF Examiner, Contra Costa Times, among other news outlets.

In addition to her work at CAIR-SFBA, Sameena is a volunteer for Project Cornerstone and Granada School, a Disaster Assistance Response Team member for Islamic Relief, a speaker for Muslim Community Association, and an Event Planner for Givelight Foundation.

Sameena is a proud mother of two children.

susman@cair.com

Brittney Rezaei

Immigrants’ Rights Attorney

Brittney Rezaei is a civil rights attorney for the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). In this capacity, she represents clients who have faced religious discrimination. Some of the issues she handles include law enforcement targeting, school bullying, employment discrimination and hate incidents.

Brittney graduated from UC Davis with degrees in Middle East/South Asia Studies and International Relations. While in college Brittney studied Arabic, Farsi, and French, and spent the summer after graduation in Jordan studying Arabic as a recipient of the State Department's Critical Languages Scholarship. Brittney earned her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law (SCU), and is licensed to practice law in California. During and after law school, Brittney worked on the legal team at Google handling law enforcement matters. At SCU, she was active in the International Human Rights Clinic and Katherine & George Alexander Community Law Center's immigration program.

brezaei@cair.com

Ammad Wajahat Rafiqi, Esq.

Civil Rights & Legal Services Coordinator

arafiqi@cair.com

Subha Varadarajan

Muslim Ban Outreach and Legal Fellow

Subha Varadarajan is the Muslim Ban Outreach and Legal Fellow, a project of Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, CAIR San Francisco Bay Area, and National Immigration Law Center. Prior to her current role she worked as a Labor Relations Union Representative/ Organizer for the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) Local 21, striving to ensure a productive and fair workplace for city and county employees across the Bay Area. As  a representative/organizer she helped organize the first work stoppage since 1946 in the City of Oakland and helped arbitrate a $2 million settlement for city employees who were unjustly laid off. Subha also received her J.D. from Santa Clara University Law School in 2003.

varadarajan@nilc.org

Jeffrey Wang

California Bar Foundation Legal Fellow

Jeffrey Wang is the California Bar Foundation Legal Fellow for the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA). In this capacity, he works with the rest of CAIR-SFBA's civil rights team to identify, strategize, and use creative legal and grassroots advocacy solutions to address systematic issues facing the American Muslim community.

Jeffrey graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in History and minors in Political Science and Law & Society. He then earned his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. During law school, Jeffrey interned at a nonprofit immigration law firm in Australia and a business immigration firm in the Bay Area. At SCU, he was active in the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center's immigrant rights and consumer protection programs.

jwang@cair.com

Sally Horna

Legal Fellow

Sally Horna is a Legal Fellow for the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA). In this position, she manages cases on civil rights issues facing the American Muslim community including employment discrimination, immigration, free speech, law enforcement interactions, and other related issues. She additionally aims to work with allies in other communities to support and advance civil rights in the American Muslim community.

Sally graduated from Chapman University with a degree in Sociology. She then earned her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Before joining CAIR-SFBA, Sally clerked with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area and with the Public Advocates. Both of these non-profit organizations inspired Sally to pursue a career in community-based direct legal services.

Outside of CAIR-SFBA, Sally enjoys reading, baking pastries, keeping up with pop culture, and dancing.

shorna@cair.com

Courtney Mangus

Programs Coordinator

Courtney Mangus is the Programs Coordinator for the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA). In this position, she will lead CAIR-SFBA’s signature programs including the Muslim Youth Leadership Program, Muslim Gamechangers Network, Muslim Day at the Capitol, Know Your Rights workshops, the internship and volunteer programs, and much more!

Courtney received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Religion and minors in Middle Eastern/Islamic Studies and Arabic from Miami University of Ohio. While there she held various leadership roles, conducted sponsored research on media and Islam, and participated in a variety of social justice efforts. After graduating she was selected by Teach for America to teach in an underserved community and advocate for the educational rights of children.

Outside of CAIR, Courtney performs spoken word poetry and creates digital artwork.

cmangus@cair.com

Ossama Kamel

Outreach Coordinator

Ossama Kamel is the Outreach Coordinator for the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA). In this position, he aims to grow visibility of CAIR’s services and cultivate relationships that advance civil rights and social justice.

Ossama graduated from the University of California Irvine, double majoring in International Relations and Political Science, with an emphasis in Conflict Resolution and Post-Colonial Nationhood.  He focused his education and activism in three areas: research, advocacy, and community development. His involvement in community organizing translated into powerful actions from school wide demonstrations and sit-ins, to listening sessions, shared power-mapping, and community campaigning.

Ossama became a community organizer after living and seeing the experiences of the poor, the disabled, and people of color, marginalized and un-marginalized in hostile and isolating, so called ‘safe spaces’ around college campuses and campaign rallies. To Ossama, social justice is a lifestyle and the means of protecting the physical, mental, and spiritual health of our communities from the existence and functional reality of injustice in all spaces, social, political, and economic.

Outside of his work with CAIR, Ossama enjoys painting, boxing, hiking, reading, travelling, and learning.

okamel@cair.com

Jibraan Qureshi

Voter Engagement Coordinator

Jibraan Qureshi is the Voter Engagement Coordinator for the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA). In this position, he aims to increase voter engagement in the Bay Area Muslim community.

Jibraan is currently attending San Jose State University, and although majoring in Electrical Engineering, he is passionate about social justice and activism. He believes it is important for American Muslims to be “unapologetically Muslim." He is the President of the Muslim Student Association on his campus and a co-founder of a Muslim clothing line, Kufi Clothing.

Jibraan has been actively participating in CAIR activities and events for a few years now, such as Bridging Communities, the Muslim Youth Leadership Program, and the annual CAIR banquet. Now, he is excited to take the next step into helping the world around him by joining CAIR-SFBA as a staff member.

jqureshi@cair.com

Andrew Schutts

Administrative Assistant

Andrew Schutts is the Administrative Assistant for the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA). In this position, he handles office communications, staff scheduling, and financial bookkeeping. He also assists in other CAIR-SFBA work and programming, including facilitating Bystander Intervention Trainings at various community centers in the Bay Area.

Andrew graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Government and a secondary in African American Studies. During college, Andrew worked as a Resource Advocacy Director at the student-run Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, as a member of the Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee, and as a DJ on the Record Hospital, the punk/indie-pop department of WHRB, Harvard Student Radio.

aschutts@cair.com

 

CAIR-SFBA Law Clerks


 

CAIR-SFBA Interns


Nayab Iqbal

Government Relations Intern

Nayab Iqbal is the Government Relations Intern at San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), where she organizes meetings with local elected officials and aids the Government Relations Coordinator. She is passionate about social justice and shaping the American Muslim identity through activism. In addition to her work at CAIR-SFBA, she is currently the President of the Ohlone College Muslim Student Association and is pursuing a B.A in Political Science.

govt@sfba.cair.com

Suleyman Saib

Programs Intern

Suleyman Saib is a Programs Intern at the CAIR-SFBA office. Having volunteered with CAIR-SFBA for over a year in various capacities, Suleyman now more formally assists with the planning of CAIR’s major programs efforts. He is also an alumnus of CAIR’s Muslim Gamechangers Network. His enthusiasm for his work is as boundless as his dedication to promoting civil rights. Suleyman is a part of the Muslim Student Association at De Anza College, where he is majoring in Computer Science. He has previously volunteered for the Muslim American Society and Soundvision. In his spare time, he enjoys bicycling and practicing Kung Fu.

events@sfba.cair.com