Our Board

CAIR-SFBA Executive Committee


Spojmie Nasiri, Esq.

President

Spojmie Nasiri is a first-generation immigrant who understands, through personal experience, how difficult and emotionally draining the American immigration process can be. Spojmie’s education, community involvement, and associations reflect her outstanding dedication to the practice of immigration law.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis, and her Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University, School of Law. Spojmie is a member of the California State Bar and is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Spojmie currently practices immigration law exclusively and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Spojmie serves as a pro bono attorney with the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of California, Davis where she provides individual representation, pro bono referrals, and pro se materials to detained immigrants.  She also volunteers at the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Stanford University.

Ihab Badr

Vice President

Ihab Badr has been a member of the Bay Area community for over eighteen years. He has been involved in several committees and activities with various organizations including the Muslim Community Association, Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America, Al Maghrib Institute, and others. He had the opportunity to study with several Shoyookh and undertook several classes in Islamic Studies at the University level. He is a regular speaker and Khateeb at various masajid in the Bay Area. Professionally he works at Apple as Head of the Corporate and Global Systems Division.

Adil Syed

Secretary

Adil Syed is a lifelong resident of the Silicon Valley. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University (SJSU) and a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University. Adil has been involved in the past with various organizations including the Muslim Students Association at SJSU, the South Bay Islamic Association, American Muslims for Global Peace and Justice, and others. Professionally, Adil works at Apple Inc. leading development activities around wireless technologies and is also an associate of Apple University.

Adil lives in the South Bay with his wife and four children and enjoys spending time with his family and friends, learning, reading, and traveling.

Patricio Pace

Treasurer

Patricio Pace holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management Economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He works as a manager in the information technology industry and has experience in operations and non-profits. Patricio resides in Santa Clara with his wife and daughter and enjoys reading, archery, and spending time with his family.

Abdelhamead Ibrahim

Member

Abdelhamead Ibrahim is a Bay Area native. He graduated from San Jose State University (SJSU) and during college was actively involved with student outreach and community organizing. He held various positions on the board of SJSU’s Muslim Student Association (MSA) and represented this MSA as a delegate to MSA West. Additionally, he co-founded SJSU’s Students for Justice in Palestine chapter which campaigned successfully for a resolution to divest from corporations profiting from the occupation of Palestine. SJSU was the first campus in the California State University System to pass a resolution of this type.

Abdelhamead’s involvement with CAIR began with volunteering at outreach events and at CAIR-SFBA’s Annual Banquet. In 2014 Abdelhamead was named CAIR-SFBA’s Volunteer of the Year. He joined the board in 2016.

Abdelhamead currently lives in the South Bay, and volunteers at local Masaajid. He also volunteers with the Muslim American Society and is involved in various youth groups. His hobbies include hiking and reading.

Afshan Keval

Member

Afshan studied Economics at California State University, Sacramento. She currently works in corporate retail as a distribution analyst. Prior to this she worked as a project manager in the technology sector.

Afshan began volunteering with CAIR nearly ten years ago in the Sacramento Valley and then continued to be involved with the organization when she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. She joined the CAIR-SFBA Executive Committee in 2015. As a former board member of the Muslim Student Association West and volunteer with the Yaseen Foundation Burlingame Center she brings a wealth of event planning and community organizing to the organization.

Afshan lives on the Peninsula with her husband. She enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Aliah Abdo, Esq.

Member

Aliah Abdo earned her J.D. at the University of California, Hastings College of Law and obtained her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies from U.C. Berkeley. She currently works at Pierce & Shearer, LLP, an employment litigation firm in San Mateo, CA. Aliah previously clerked in the United States District Court Northern District of California, worked at the law firm of Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker, & Jackson, P.C., and several non-profit organizations such as The Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center, the Prison Law Office, and CAIR-SFBA. Aliah also has a love for teaching. She has taught English at Newark Memorial High School, American Government and US History at Live Oak High School, and was a Resource Specialist Program Teacher at Independence High School in San Jose, CA.

Eman Tai

Member

Musaab Attaras

Member

Musaab Attaras graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BA in Math and Computer Science. He is currently the Vice President of Payments Product and Engineering at eBay, and has previously worked as the VP of Software Development at Poynt, the Head of Global Strategic Integrations and the Head of Integration Strategy and Professional Services Consulting at PayPal, the Head of Technology at Magento, and elsewhere in the e-commerce sector.

Musaab’s involvement with CAIR began in 2011 when he facilitated several strategic planning sessions for the CAIR-SFBA office. He joined the board in 2015. His work with CAIR has been a family endeavor as his children are often seen volunteering at CAIR programs and have participated in the Muslim Gamechangers Network and Muslim Youth Leadership Program.

Sarah Salem

Member

Sarah Salem received her BS in Business Management and her BA in Spanish Language and Culture at the University of Pittsburgh. She currently works as a Manager in the Americas People Consultants group at Google. Prior to this she worked as a Manager at Ariba in their Human Resources Programs and Global Internal Communications departments, as a Financial Planner at The Ayco Company, and as a Financial Advisor Assistant and Intercultural Training Administrator at BNY Mellon.

Sarah brings her passion for human resources to CAIR at a critical time, when the team is growing rapidly in response to increased civil rights concerns from the American Muslim community. She joined the board in 2017.

Sajid Nasir

Member

Sajid Nasir graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Since graduating, he has volunteered with various organizations, including Berkeley Masjid’s Sunday School and Zaytuna College, where he provided audio/visual support during the early stages of its establishment at Holy Hill in Berkeley. He is currently part of the administrative team for the Berkeley Masjid’s Sunday School, and a board member of MIST-NorCal. Sajid is an avid photographer and has shot events for many Bay Area Muslim organizations, such as CAIR San Francisco Bay Area, the Islamic Scholarship Fund, Tayba Foundation, Zaytuna College, and Berkeley Masjid.

 

CAIR-California Board


Omar Hassaine

Chair

Omar began his journey into non-profit work when he served as the president of the board of trustees of the Islamic Society of Illinois in the late 1980s, and then became a board member of the Bosnia Task Force in the 1990s. In the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks, he launched and co-founded the CAIR-San Diego office. Omar is a computer engineer and has been active in the Muslim community for more than 35 years.

Haitham Abul-Haija

Vice Chair

Haitham joined the board of the Sacramento chapter of American Muslims for Palestine, and then served on many local mosque executive committees over the years. Professionally, he directs a team of engineers to meet schedules, standards, and costs in developing leading-edge platform technologies for both mobile and desktop chipsets at Intel Corporation. Haitham has been active in the Sacramento Muslim community for more than 18 years.

Salman Razi, M.D.

Secretary

Salman serves as a board member on the trustees of the Tracy Islamic Center, and participates in several medical/healthcare related committees. Salman is a urologist who has his own private practice in Tracy and Manteca and actively serves his local Muslim community.

Eyas Abdeen

Treasurer

Eyas Abdeen is a business professional with over 12 years of experience in the financial sector and six years in the software and web programming industry. Currently, he is an investment and corporate finance consultant. Prior to that, he was chief financial officer to a large healthcare organization. He previously worked as an investment risk analyst, project manager, and a software engineer. Additionally, he worked as a consultant for over five years as he mentored both rookie and savvy investors to leverage market movement to build their investment portfolio. He has been an active member of the Sacramento community for over two decades. Since 2011, he has been serving on the Al-Arqam Islamic School board of trustees as the CFO. Eyas holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of Science in Finance with an emphasis in investment management. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, tennis, and cycling.

Hussam Ayloush, M.B.A.

Staff Representative

Hussam Ayloush has been the Executive Director of the CAIR-Los Angeles office 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.

Afshan Keval

Member

Afshan studied Economics at California State University, Sacramento. She currently works in corporate retail as a distribution analyst. Prior to this she worked as a project manager in the technology sector.

Afshan began volunteering with CAIR nearly ten years ago in the Sacramento Valley and then continued to be involved with the organization when she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. She joined the CAIR-SFBA Executive Committee in 2015. As a former board member of the Muslim Student Association West and volunteer with the Yaseen Foundation Burlingame Center she brings a wealth of event planning and community organizing to the organization.

Afshan lives on the Peninsula with her husband. She enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Amana Siddiqi

Member

Atthar Mohammed

Member

Asif Harsolia, M.D.

Member

Asif R. Harsolia, M.D., has previously served in leadership and volunteer positions in a number of different non-profit organizations. He is a board-certified cancer specialist in Radiation Oncology. Originally from Michigan, Asif obtained his medical doctorate from the University of Michigan Medical School. Following this, he successfully completed his residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he had the privilege of training with some of the world's top specialists in the field of radiation oncology. He is a practicing partner with the Memorial Radiation Oncology Medical Group in Orange County and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of California, Irvine.

Fahad Ahmad

Member

Fahad Ahmad identifies most closely with CAIR's mission of promoting social justice and mutual dialogue to better represent Islamic values in the U.S. He has been a resident of San Diego for almost 15 years. His professional experience includes management of internet and software related products. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of California, Irvine, and a Bachelor of Science degree from University of California, Los Angeles.

Fawad Shaiq

Member

Fawad Shaiq has been an active member of the Southern California Muslim community for 10 years in various capacities, including leading a masjid youth group and helping to run a social services organization. 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.

Saed Younis

Member

Saed is an entrepreneur and a long-time resident of San Diego. He has founded companies in San Diego as well as Jordan, Egypt, and UAE. He has been an ardent supporter of CAIR and its core values of justice and civic engagement.

 

Spojmie Nasiri, Esq.

Member

Spojmie Nasiri is a first-generation immigrant who understands, through personal experience, how difficult and emotionally draining the American immigration process can be. Spojmie’s education, community involvement, and associations reflect her outstanding dedication to the practice of immigration law.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis, and her Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University, School of Law. Spojmie is a member of the California State Bar and is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Spojmie currently practices immigration law exclusively and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Spojmie serves as a pro bono attorney with the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of California, Davis where she provides individual representation, pro bono referrals, and pro se materials to detained immigrants.  She also volunteers at the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Stanford University.