The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA), part of the nation’s leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, announced today that Mr. Fawad Shaiq has been elected as the president of the CAIR-LA Governance Board.
The governance board serves as the governing body that oversees the work of CAIR-LA, which serves more than 500,000 American Muslims throughout Southern California.
Fawad Shaiq has been an active member of the Southern California Muslim community for more than 10 years in various capacities, including leading a masjid youth group and helping to run a social services organization. He has been on the CAIR-LA Governance Board for five years, most recently serving as vice-president.
He is also actively involved in social justice causes in Los Angeles. He holds degrees from the University of California, San Diego, and the University of California, Los Angeles, and works in construction management.
“We welcome our new board president and congratulate Br. Fawad on his election. He is no stranger to the work of CAIR-LA and we look forward to expanding our service to the community and the cause of social justice throughout the Greater Los Angeles area,” said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush.
The CAIR-LA board, staff, interns and volunteers would like to convey their sincerest appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Asif Harsolia for his inspirational leadership in bringing the organization to a higher professional level during his tenure as president of the CAIR-LA Governance Board.
He is a board-certified cancer specialist in Radiation Oncology. Originally from Michigan, Dr. Harsolia obtained his medical doctorate from the University of Michigan Medical School.
During his six years as a member of the governance board, CAIR-LA doubled its staff and budget and expanded its services and programs in Southern California – including the creation of the Immigrants’ Rights Center.
“We express our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Asif for his many years of service to the American Muslim community in the Greater Los Angeles area and know he will remain active in supporting the work of CAIR-LA and the community,” Ayloush said.