Our Staff & Interns

Staff


Hussam Ayloush, M.B.A. : Executive Director

Hussam Ayloush, M.B.A.

Executive Director

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.

Aabru Madni, J.D. : Immigrants' Rights Advocate

Aabru Madni, J.D.

Immigrants' Rights Advocate

Ali Mir : Outreach Manager

Ali Mir

Outreach Manager

Ali Mir is CAIR-LA's Outreach Manager. His role is to organize and market outreach events through assisting with the mobilization of the community through campaigns, projects, activities and coordinating trainings and other workshops.  Mr. Mir is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine where he received his B.A. in Anthropology, and his M.A. in Professional Communications from California State University, Fullerton.

Asmaa Ahmad : Policy & Advocacy Coordinator

Asmaa Ahmad

Policy & Advocacy Coordinator

Cecilia Peralta : Operations Director

Cecilia Peralta

Operations Director

Cecilia Peralta joined CAIR-LA in 2011 and currently serves as the Operations Director. Ms. Peralta is in charge of the finance management, human resources, organizational planning and overseeing the internal operational systems and processes of the organization. She is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine where she received her BA in International Studies as well as a BA in Sociology.

Farida Chehata, Esq. : Immigrants’ Rights Managing Attorney

Farida Chehata, Esq.

Immigrants’ Rights Managing Attorney

Farida Chehata is the Immigrants’ Rights Managing Attorney at the CAIR-LA office. Farida obtained dual B.A. degrees in political science and economics from the University of California, Irvine. She received her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law. Farida's work as a legal extern for the Ugandan Court of Appeals and her involvement in Pepperdine’s Asylum Clinic during law school piqued her desire to pursue public interest law. She started to volunteer at Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, where she assisted on several asylum cases. After being admitted to the State Bar of California, Farida practiced in multiple areas of civil litigation. Her current work at CAIR-LA focuses on assisting individuals in gaining immigration relief.

Jacqueline Bruce : Office Manager

Jacqueline Bruce

Office Manager

Jacqueline Bruce is CAIR-LA’s Office Manager.  She provides office services by implementing administrative systems, procedures, policies and monitoring administrative projects. Ms. Bruce also manages the donor database, donor acknowledgment process, and provides donor research and analysis.

Maureen Dadabhoy, M.A. : Legal Coordinator

Maureen Dadabhoy, M.A.

Legal Coordinator

Maureen Dadabhoy serves as the Legal Coordinator for CAIR-LA. Maureen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton and earned her Master’s Degree in Education along with a Teaching Credential before pursuing a career change to the Legal arena. While working for a law firm Maureen earned her Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Irvine. Maureen served as the Director of the Client Relations at an Estate planning law firm before joining CAIR-LA. She has a very clear understanding of why Civil Rights and Immigration matters are necessary from a financial, personal, and social perspective. With Maureen’s finance background as a former banker and organizational skills as a former teacher, and paralegal; she is able to facilitate cases with procedural accuracy. 

Masih Fouladi, J.D. : Advocacy Manager

Masih Fouladi, J.D.

Advocacy Manager

Mostafa Mahboob : Development Manager

Mostafa Mahboob

Development Manager

Mostafa is CAIR-LA’s Development Manager. His responsibilities include maintenance and growth of the monthly donor database, as well as general support with membership and administrative duties. Mostafa also handles developmental outreach through sponsorship and advertising to create strong partnerships and alliances.

Ojaala Ahmad : Communications Coordinator

Ojaala Ahmad

Communications Coordinator

Ojaala Ahmad manages communications and media relations for CAIR-LA. She engages with news outlets to generate dynamic coverage of Islam and Muslims. During her undergraduate career, Ojaala founded and served as host of Talk Progress, a one-hour talk show program at KBeach Global Radio. For three years, she covered a range of topics on the show. In addition, she served as the spokesperson for Students for Quality Education, a statewide campaign promoting educational justice within the California State University system. Ojaala has written on civic engagement among American Muslims, free speech on college campuses, and college affordability for the Orange County Register and The Daily 49er.  

Shazia Mian : Administrative Coordinator

Shazia Mian

Administrative Coordinator

Sherrel Johnson : Community Relations Manager

Sherrel Johnson

Community Relations Manager

Sherrel Johnson works on outreach and building bridges outside our community. She also educates and empowers the American Muslim community through social activism, participation, & interaction.

Syed Hussaini : Outreach Manager (Los Angeles/Valley Areas)

Syed Hussaini

Outreach Manager (Los Angeles/Valley Areas)

A longtime volunteer for CAIR Syed joined the staff in 2015. His role is to organize events, mobilize the community and deliver khutbahs, focus on the San Fernando Valley and its surrounding areas. He graduated with a BA in Political Science from UC Riverside and is currently pursuing a JD at Glendale University.

Yusra Khafagi : Leadership Development Coordinator

Yusra Khafagi

Leadership Development Coordinator

 

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