Our Staff & Interns

CAIR-SFBA Staff


Zahra Billoo, Esq.

Executive Director

Zahra Billoo is a civil rights attorney and the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). At the onset of 2017, Zahra joined the speaker lineup at the Women’s March on Washington and sued Donald Trump to challenge his “Muslim Ban” Executive Orders.

In the course of her work at CAIR, Zahra is frequently seen at mosques and universities facilitating trainings and workshops as a part of CAIR’s grassroots efforts to empower the American Muslim community and build bridges with allies on civil rights issues. She also provides direct legal services for victims of law enforcement targeting and Islamophobia. Her work has been highlighted in local and national media outlets including the Christian Science Monitor, KTVU, MSNBC, NPR, and the San Jose Mercury News.

Among her awards and recognitions, Zahra has received the 2017 Human Rights Award from the Society of American Law Teachers, the 2014 Unsung Hero Award from the Nationals Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and the 2013 Trailblazer Award from the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California.

A proud graduate of California’s public universities, Zahra graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Long Beach with degrees in Human Resources Management and Political Science. While in college, she held various leadership roles both at campus and state-wide advocacy efforts for college affordability and social justice. She also worked with the California Faculty Association. She earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and is licensed to practice law in California.

Outside of her work with CAIR, Zahra bakes birthday cakes for foster children through Cake4Kids and is a coordinator for Project Feed, a monthly homeless feeding effort in downtown San Francisco.

zbilloo@cair.com

Amina Abid

Operations Manager

While Amina’s academics focused on the design of civil structures, her passion lies in protecting the civil liberties of her fellow American Muslims.  After completing her Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego Amina worked with the Bay Area Muslim Community in various capacities as an Events and Programs Coordinator.  While employed at the Muslim Community Association, Bay Area as their Youth Coordinator, Amina was also the Assistant Director for the Muslim American Society – Youth Division.  She has volunteered with many other organizations including Islamic Relief, MSA West, MAS, local MSA’s, and masjids. Amina joined CAIR-SFBA as the Operations Coordinator in March 2011.

aabid@cair.com

Brittney Rezaei

Civil Rights Attorney

Brittney Rezaei is a civil rights attorney for the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). In this capacity, she represents clients who have faced religious discrimination. Some of the issues she handles include law enforcement targeting, school bullying, employment discrimination and hate incidents.

Brittney graduated from UC Davis with degrees in Middle East/South Asia Studies and International Relations. While in college Brittney studied Arabic, Farsi, and French, and spent the summer after graduation in Jordan studying Arabic as a recipient of the State Department's Critical Languages Scholarship. Brittney earned her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law (SCU), and is licensed to practice law in California. During and after law school, Brittney worked on the legal team at Google handling law enforcement matters. At SCU, she was active in the International Human Rights Clinic and Katherine & George Alexander Community Law Center's immigration program.

brezaei@cair.com

Sameena Usman

Government Relations Coordinator

Sameena graduated Magna Cum Laude from San Jose State University with a BA in Political Science and minors in Middle Eastern Studies and Communications.  After graduating, Sameena worked as a Field Representative for Assemblywoman Sally Lieber’s office responding to constituent cases and conducting outreach within Assembly District 22.  She later worked as a Sales Administrator with Pivotal Corp until 2005 when she joined CAIR-SFBA as a Public Relations Coordinator.

She currently serves as a Government Relations Coordinator for CAIR-SFBA where she regularly meets with Bay Area elected officials to advocate for positive legislation and to highlight issues within the community, including civil rights complaints received by the office.  She actively works to build bridges with communities, conduct interfaith dialogue, educate youth, and empower the American Muslim community.  Sameena has been interviewed by the NBC Bay Area, KTVU2, KRON4, ABC7, Mercury News, LA Times, SF Chronicle, SF Examiner, Contra Costa Times, among other news outlets.

In addition to her work at CAIR-SFBA, Sameena is a volunteer for Project Cornerstone and Granada School, a Disaster Assistance Response Team member for Islamic Relief, a speaker for Muslim Community Association, and an Event Planner for Givelight Foundation.

Sameena is a proud mother of two children.

susman@cair.com

Lida Azim

Outreach Coordinator

lazim@cair.com

Zoha Raza

Community Advocate

Zoha is the youth empowerment coordinator at CAIR-SFBA. She was a student in the Muslim Gamechangers Network in 2016 and this sparked her interest with CAIR. She has a strong passion for social justice, community organizing, and empowering the youth. Zoha ran the Muslim Gamechangers Network at MCC East Bay in 2017. She was also an organizer for the Muslim Youth Leadership Program a weekend conference in Sacramento.
Zoha will be studying communications at UC Davis in Fall 2017. Outside of work, she is very involved in the community and is the social committee head ather local masjid. She also enjoys recording and editing videos in her free time.

zraza@cair.com

 

CAIR-SFBA Law Clerks


Nicholas Pavlovic

Law Clerk

Nicholas is a law clerk for the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). He graduated from the University of California Merced with a BA in history and is currently attending Santa Clara University School of Law. At CAIR-SFBA he works with the Civil Rights attorney to handle cases involving discrimination, law enforcement, and immigration or travel issues.

Stephen Zendejas

Law Clerk

Stephen is a recent graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law. His areas of study included employment law, wrongful convictions and First Amendment issues. He also received his bachelor's degree from USF where he interned at several legislative offices including Congressmen Jerry McNerney and House Leader Nancy Pelosi. As a returning law clerk to the CAIR-SFBA Civil Rights Department, Stephen hopes to encourage a greater understanding of the community CAIR serves, while also protecting their civil liberties and interests.

 

CAIR-SFBA Interns


Abir Rashid

Government Relations Intern