In this Wednesday series, you can get to know the CAIR-Sacramento Valley team that’s defending your civil rights and immigrants’ rights, empowering youth, and fighting for justice for all.

Meet Communications Manager Kalin Kipling-Mojaddedi!

What inspired you to work for CAIR-SV?

I was ready to transition out of the tumultuous world of journalism into a career that had a more direct positive impact on those in need. I had just obtained my Master of Public Administration degree from USC, so the job opening at CAIR-SV came at the perfect time. I’d heard of CAIR’s work fighting for justice and civil rights, and CAIR’s mission and vision align strongly with my values. As part of a religious minority (I’m Jewish), I am proud to fight injustice, to enhance understanding and acceptance, to build solidarity, and to protect American Muslims – including my husband and his family – and others from bigotry.

What do you hope to help CAIR-SV accomplish in the future?

I hope to build awareness of and interest in the organization so that we can broaden our reach and help more people. My role as communications manager affords me the opportunity to grow our profile and reach a wider audience by telling our stories, enhancing the website and expanding our social media presence. I also hope to capitalize off of my connections to and knowledge of media entities.

What moment working in social justice had the greatest impact on you in the past year?

Speaking frankly and openly with Ali Hassan, Pastor Kevin Ross, Banan Al-Akhras of Nimer Law and my co-workers after our team successfully reunited Shaima Swileh with her dying son, Abdullah Hassan, and her husband, Ali. I hadn’t cried that much and felt so strongly connected to people I work with in a very long time.

After a highly emotional day reuniting Ali and Abdullah with Shaima, the CAIR-SV staff, Ali, Pastor Kevin and Nimer Law’s Banan take a moment to unwind together and express how much they care about the family.

If you could describe yourself or your motto in one sentence, what would it be?

Sarcastic with a soft side.

What is your favorite hobby outside of work?

Rescuing and rehabilitating animals, traveling and dancing.

What’s your favorite food?

That’s a tough one! I think it has to be sushi!

What’s the last book you read?

“The German Girl” by Armando Lucas Correa

Favorite area coffee shop?

Pachamama,

Know of a story that needs to be told, a person who needs to be recognized or need to request an interview? You can contact Kalin at kkipling@cair.com. Keep up with CAIR-SV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.