Our Staff & Interns

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Hanif Mohebi  |  Executive Director

Mr. Mohebi is raised in the heart of Silicon Valley, he is the former Director of a Communication Consulting Firm in San Jose; he has held various directing positions at for-profit and non-profit organizations. At a young age, he was exposed to both United States, United Nations, and community dignitaries which has influenced his character. He has appeared in both local and national media outlets bridging the gap between minorities and the mainstream Americans. Mr. Mohebi has completed a Pre-PhD program, and has published research. He has a BA in Communication Studies with an emphasis on Globalization and Social Justice. He has emerged as a guest speaker at high schools, universities, companies and community events on variety of topics ranging from Concepts of World Citizenship to The Cycle of Love, to History of Anti-Civil Liberties Legislations. He is a young and passionate Muslim American with a wonderful cosmopolitan attitude and great love for civil rights, human rights, and the Constitution of the United States. He is obsessed with the idea of bringing about a positive change to the world through dedicating his life to serving humanity. In quest for this dream, he joins CAIR San Diego, as an Executive Director, with glowing recommendations and over a decade of community service.

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Susanne Arani | Staff Attorney

Susanne Arani has been practicing law for almost a decade.  Prior to joining CAIR San Diego, she worked on a variety of civil matters as an attorney of record for clients in litigation. She has handled cases from inception to trial, negotiated favorable settlements on the eve of trial, and deposed several dozen parties, witnesses, and experts.  At CAIR, she advises members of our community on employment, immigration and other civil rights matters.  She received her B.S. from Dartmouth College in 2001, and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2005.


Nasreen Amira | Administrative Coordinator

Nasreen Amira was raised in Chicago.  She has a B.A. in Accounting and has various experiences with corporate, non-for-profit organizations, and audit firms.  After moving to San Diego in 2012, she familiarized herself with the Muslim community by engaging in various community work and events.  To further expand her dedication to serving the American Muslim community she joins CAIR San Diego as the Administrative Coordinator.

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Fayaz Nawabi | Consultant

Imam Fayaz Nawabi was raised in sunny San Diego where he has been surfing its waves for 17 years. At the early age of 13 Mr. Fayaz memorized the Quran and received his Imam training at Al-Ilm Institute. Later on in his life he became a producer at ESPN Radio, and worked at an investment banking firm for several years. Tired of the corporate life Mr. Fayaz left it and became a local activist and mentor to many at risk youth. He then became the Imam of the Islamic Community Center in San Diego and went back to school wherein he received degrees in Japanese, Public Administration, and City Planning at San Diego State University. Whilst attending San Diego State University Mr. Nawabi worked in student government wherein he was the VP of Intercultural Affairs and worked as a Professors Assistant teaching the subject of Administrative Behavior. Mr. Nawabi is a very passionate Muslim American that has over a decade of experience in counseling and activism. He is very passionate about the diversity of the human family, equality, social justice, civil rights, and human rights. In his quest for promoting equality and positive vibes, he joins CAIR-San Diego, as a consultant.


Mustafa Alemi | Intern

Mustafa Alemi is a second year, undergraduate student at San Diego State University. He is double majoring in Political Science and Islamic/Arabic Studies and aspires to attend law school after attaining his B.A. As an officer for both the Muslim Student Association and Students for Justice in Palestine, Mustafa has a passion for grassroots work and community engagement. In addition, he is serving as a Justice on the Judicial Affairs Council for the upcoming school year. Interning at CAIR, Mustafa hopes to engage with and further the interests of Muslims and all minorities in the San Diego Area. 

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Mohamed Kamel | Accountant


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