Masih Fouladi, J.D.

Deputy Executive Director

Masih Fouladi is the Deputy Executive Director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA).

Masih has 10 years of advocacy experience, working to protect the civil rights of the African, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities, focusing on defeating systemic injustices that harass, harm, and criminalize communities of color and immigrants through legal, media, and grassroots advocacy.

He is an expert on issues of immigration policy and at combating Islamophobia, hate crimes, school bullying, government discrimination and racial targeting of Muslim Americans.

In his role as Deputy Executive Director, Masih:

  • Serves as the Interim Director of CAIR-CA’s Center for the Prevention of Hate and Bullying
  • Directs CAIR-LA’s legal, programs, and policy response to support Afghan arrivals in the Greater Los Angeles area.
  • Leads strategic partnerships and coalitions, including serving as the Policy Co-Chair of the Immigrants Are LA coalition, which advocates for equitable access to opportunity and protections for immigrants
  • Oversees CAIR-LA’s partnership with Riverside University Health System-Public Health on Reducing COVID-19 Health Disparities 
  • Directs a team of 25 staff members that make up the civil rights, immigration, policy, communication, programs, and organizing departments

Prior to joining CAIR-LA, Masih served as the Executive Director of CAIR Washington for three years, where he:

  • Was appointed by the Washington State Attorney General’s office to serve on a Statewide Hate Crimes Taskforce responsible for updating the state’s hate crimes laws
  • Served as a consultant to the city of Seattle on the intersection of technology and civil rights as a part of the city’s surveillance and technology committee
  • Was appointed to the Statewide Census Complete Count Committee by Governor Jay Inslee
  • Led a successful statewide campaign to pass a religious accommodations bill

Masih previously served as CAIR-LA’s Advocacy Manager overseeing the Civil Rights, Policy, and Organizing departments.

He co-authored CAIR-CA’s nationally recognized school bullying report in 2017 and served as Greater Los Angeles regional anchor for the No Muslim Ban Ever campaign.

Masih earned a Bachelor of Arts in both Economic and Cognitive Psychology from University of California, Irvine, and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of California, Davis.

As a Muslim Iranian American, Masih is passionate about establishing organizational infrastructure that will allow his community to thrive. He is a fan of chai, chocolate, and the NBA, and enjoys spending time in nature with his family.