Meet the Editorial Committee

Yasmeen Abed


Yasmeen is a third-year Communication Studies student at San Jose State University. While she enjoys studying communication, Yasmeen also enjoys writing and journalism as well. In her free time, she enjoys reading, practicing calligraphy, and drinking coffee. Through this project, Yasmeen hopes to combine her academic goals with her passion for storytelling, which draws Yasmeen to work with CAIR in sharing the voices of her community.


Emily Galpern


Emily Galpern consults with non-profits on state and national levels to advocate for reproductive justice, in coalition with racial justice, disability rights, and LGBTQ rights movements. In her free time, she loves to hand-build ceramic sculptures, swim outdoors, and spend time with family and friends. As a Jewish ally, she says she was drawn to volunteer with CAIR because of the “integrity, thoughtfulness, courage and warmth of the staff and organization.”


Maryam Kazi


Maryam is currently working toward earning her degree in Communication Studies at San Jose State University. She is a Silicon Valley native and has been volunteering with CAIR since 2018. Along with pursuing her Communication Studies degree, she has a strong passion for art and she enjoys combining her hobbies and skills. She enjoys being outdoors, hanging out with friends, and drawing. 


Maryam KHAN


Maryam Khan is currently working full-time as a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) at Stanford’s Pain Clinic in Redwood City. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and attended UC Davis for her undergraduate studies. Maryam has previously volunteered with CAIR during high school, on a year-long project on Islamophobia through her school. Additionally, she’s volunteered for CAIR’s annual banquet, written letters to editors on behalf of CAIR, and attended interfaith events with CAIR. In her free time, she enjoys baking, cooking, and photography.




Abia Khan is currently a Junior at California State University, East Bay. She is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. She is from Fremont, CA. She has volunteered for CAIR during her high school. She has also volunteered for CAIR at MDAC (Muslim Day at the Capital). Her hobbies are reading and spending time with her family.



nazaneen zereh


Nazaneen (Naz) Zereh is a junior at Monte Vista High School. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and hopes to have a career in the medical field. Aside from volunteering with CAIR, she works with many non-profit organizations that support the lives of the suffering Afghans and Muslims. She also started her own non-profit organization this summer – Afghanistan Crisis, an organization that raises money for the homeless children and women of Afghanistan. In her free time, she likes to read, hang out with friends, and bake.



Courtney Mangus

Editor & Programs Manager

Courtney Mangus is the Programs Coordinator for the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA). In this position, she leads CAIR-SFBA’s signature programs including youth programs, workshops, the internship and volunteer programs, and much more!

Courtney received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Religion and minors in Middle Eastern/Islamic Studies and Arabic from Miami University of Ohio. She is in her third year at Santa Clara University School of Law where she is studying to earn her J.D.