University of Southern California

CRCC American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute

AMCLI Regional

  • Are you inspired by AMCLI alumni and want to learn how to cultivate your own leadership presence?
  • Do you desire to deepen your work and connect to others on a similar path?

APPLY for an AMCLI Regional

The American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute launched AMCLI Regional programs in 2014.

These residential retreats are offered regionally and are designed to serve as an overview of the core elements of the AMCLI curriculum. Regional retreats begin Thursday afternoon at 2:00pm and end on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. 

Upcoming regional programs:

  • AMCLI Midwest (held outside of Chicago) October 23-26, 2014
  • AMCLI West Coast (held in Southern California) January 8-11 2015
  • AMCLI South (location tbd) March 26-29, 2015
Past regional programs:

  • AMCLI West Coast (March 2014)
  • AMCLI East Coast (May 2014)
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Meet our Past AMCLI Regional Participants:


Iyad Afalqa

Irvine, CA

Lead Coordinator of Health Screening Division, Coalition To Preserve Human Dignity (CPHD)

Development Consultant, Sabil Al-Ihsan


Omar Ahmed

Upland, CA

President, Impact Southern California


Afsha Bawany

Las Vegas, NV

Media Relations Specialist, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Irem Choksy

Santa Clara, CA

Executive Board Member, MiNDS

Mental Health Clinician, Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley


Youssef Chouhoud

Pasadena, CA

News Editor, MuslimMatters

Teaching Assistant / Doctoral Fellow, University of Southern California


Amelah Elamin

Oakland, CA

Community Outreach Coordinator, MU'EED INC


Azhar Ghani

Moorpark, CA

Secretary, Board of Directors (and Youth Coordinator), Islamic Center of Conejo Valley


Meymuna Hussein-Cattan

Los Angeles, CA

Founder/ Executive Director, The Tiyya Foundation


Taneeza Islam

Sioux Falls, SD

Bush Leadership Fellow, Bush Foundation

Attorney, Law Office of Taneeza Islam


Faiz Kamal

Chicago, IL

IMAN Leader, Inner City Muslim Action Network (IMAN)

Chicago Muslim Turkey Drive Coordinator, Sabeel Food Pantry


Adil Rasheed Khan

Northridge, CA

Board Director, Ehsan Center

Learning Management Systems Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District


Sondos Kholoki

Irvine, CA

President, Board of Directors, Islamic Center of Irvine


Yusif Lee

San Jacinto, CA

Part-Time Youth Coordinator/ Speaker, Islamic Center of Southern California

Part-Time Youth Coordinator/ Speaker, Burbank Islamic Center


Haroon Manjlai

La Verne, CA

Public Affairs Coordinator, CAIR-LA (Council on American Islamic Relations - Greater Los Angeles Chapter)


Kursat Ozenc

Mountain View, CA

Design+Creative Lead, Muslim Giving Project


Cecilia Peralta

Anaheim, CA

Operations & Development Manager, CAIR-LA


Sultan Sharrief

Los Angeles, CA

Programming Coordinator, Islah LA


Tarek Shawky

Pasadena, CA

Development Committee Chair, New Horizon School Pasadena

Vice Chair, Northwest Pasadena Commission


Na'im Sunday

Los Angeles, CA

Instructor/Community Organizer, Masjid Ibaadillah



Quaiser Abdullah

Philadelphia, PA

COO/Acting Chairman of the Board, Quba Institute


Maureen Ahmed

Woodside, NY

Development Associate, Catapult

World Pundit, Policy Mic


Sumaiyah Ahmed

New York, NY

Head of Alumni Association at ICNYU, Islamic Center at NYU


Laila Alawa

Washington, DC

Founder and Editor, Coming of Faith

Social Media Associate, Unity Productions Foundation


Azum Ali

Alexandria, VA

Consultant, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding


Saima Anjam

Albany, NY

Government Affairs Program Associate, Environmental Advocates of New York


Muzna Ansari

Valley Stream, NY

Program Associate, Open Society Foundations


Usman Chaudhary

Huntington, NY

Vice President, Masjid Noor Inc

Partner, Asadullah & Chaudhary LLP


Zainab Chaudry

Elkridge, MD

Co-Founder/Vice-President transitioning into Executive Director, CAIR-MD


Sarah Dar

Eden Prairie, MN

Community Liaison, American Muslim Health Professionals


Hesham El-Meligy

Staten Island, NY

Cofounder and North East Director, Muslims for Liberty

Steering Committee Member, Coalition for Muslim School holidays


Razi Hashmi

Arlington, VA

Program Analyst/Presidential Management Fellow, Federal Emergency Management Agency/Department of Homeland Security


Safia Hussain

New York, NY

Board Secretary, Muslim Consultative Network

Board Treasurer (pending), National Association of Muslim Lawyers


Zebiba Jibreel

Arlington, VA

National Volunteer Coordinator, Islamic Relief USA


Maryum Khwaja

Howard Beach, NY

Foster Program Specialist, Smile

Co-founder; Psychotherapist, Nasiha Counseling


Marcus Lambert

Brooklyn, NY

Chair, Community Life Forward


Abed Moiduddin

Chicago, IL

Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Treasurer, Inner-city Muslim Action Network


Attia Nasar

Washington, DC

Foreign Affairs Officer, US Department of State


Sarah Sayeed

Paramus, NJ

Board Treasurer, Women In Islam, Inc.

Director of Community Partnerships, Interfaith Center of New York


Lauren Schreiber

Greenbelt, MD

Outreach & Events Coordinator, Council on American-Islamic Relations, National Headquarters

Board Member, Islamic Research and Humanitarian Service Center of America


Ambereen Shaffie

Washington, DC

Director, A Simple Muslim Wedding


Saba Sharif

Reston, VA

Secretary, Board of Directors, Adams Compassionate Healthcare Network

President, Adams Speakers


Maryam Sharrieff

Newton Centre, MA

CIRCLE (Center for Interreligious & Communal Leadership Education) Muslim Fellow, Andover Newton Theological Seminary/Hebrew College CIRCLE Program


Fazeela Siddiqui

Brooklyn, NY

Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society


Yahya Sultan

Bergenfield, NJ

Secretary, Nida Ul Islam




Sally Abdalla

Streamwood, IL

Civil Rights Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Minnesota


Aamina Ahmed

Canton, MI

Board member, Plymouth Canton Citizens for Diversity and Inclusion

Donor Stewardship Officer and Database Administrator, IInstitute for Social Policy and Understanding


Makkah Ali

Chicago, IL

Facilitation Trainer, DC Townhall Dialogue Series

Mediator and Program Associate, Meridian Institute


Ali Ammoura

Frankfort, IL

Assistant Public Defender, Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender


Maryum Ashraf

Chicago, IL

Board Member, Muslim Urban Professionals


Hazem Bata

Zionsville, IN

Executive Director, CEO, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)


Tawfiq Farraj

Lombard, IL

President, Council for Advancement of Muslim Professionals


Safaya Fawzi

Northbrook, IL

Midwest Regional Director, Coming of Faith

Finance Committee Member, Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative


Faisal Ghias

Oak Park, IL

Chairman of the Board and Director, The Elkader Foundation


Nausheena Hussain

Brooklyn Park, MN

Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Minnesota


Iffa Kazi

Canton, MI

Development Associate, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)

Youth Mentor, Muslim Community of Western Suburbs (MCWS)


Kanza Khan

Troy, MI

Youth Development Director, Coming of Faith LLC

Young Leaders Steering Committee Member, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)


Omair Khan

Chicago, IL

Chicago Chapter Leader/Legal Advisory Board, Muslim Urban Professionals


Randa Kuziez

Chicago, IL

Campus Engagement Associate, Interfaith Youth Core


Moheeb Murray

Rochester Hills, MI

Board Member, Insitute for Social Policy and Understanding


Tariq Najee-ullah

Columbia, MD

Assistant Imam, Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore

Founder, DC Musliman


Riham Osman

Oakhill, VA

Communications Coordinator, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)


Anisha Patel

Arlington Heights, IL

Founder and Advisory Council Member, Muslim Women's Alliance (MWA)


Rabeah Sabri

Glendale Heights, IL

Senior Intelligence Analyst, Joint Intelligence Center, U.S. Central Command


Ikhlas Saleem

Chicago, IL

Program Coordinator, Women Employed


Iman Sediqe

Evanston, IL

Research fellow, Niagara Foundation

President, Turkish Intercultural Club


Palmer Shepherd

Washington, DC

Retreat Co-Chair, Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD)


Roohi Younus

Woodridge, IL

Executive Director, Webb Foundation



Amin Aaser

Berkeley, CA

CEO, Co-Founder, Noor Kids


Zienab Abdelgany

Irvine, CA

Youth Development Coordinator, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Greater LA


Soraya Ahyaudin


Creative Communicator, ideaLA

Events & Programming Assistant, USC Center on Public Diplomacy


Lina Akkad

Diamond Bar, CA

Alumni, NewGround

Youth Board Member, Egyptian American Organization


Khalid Alexander

San Deigo, CA

President Board/Founder, Pillars of the Community

English Professor/ Umoja Co-coordinator, San Diego City College


Eman Hassaballa

Elgin, IL

Webcasting Coordinator, Webb Foundation

Counselor, Heartspeak Institute


Marya Bangee

Corona, CA

Chair, Board of Directors, Islah LA


Laila Fahimuddin

Oakland, CA

Organizer, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California


Abeer Gaber

Granada Hills, CA

I Am Change Fellow, Muslim Public Affairs Council


Husna Ghani

Oak Brook, IL

Strategy Consultant, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC)


Samantha Haikal

Henderson, NV

Campaign Assistant, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-Southern Nevada Chapter


Brice Hamack

Cupertino, CA

Civil Rights Coordinator, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Northern California


Aziza Hasan

Los Angeles, CA

Interim Executive Director, NewGround


Deana Helmy

Anaheim, CA

Director of Programs & Compliance, Multi-Ethnic Collaborative of Community Agencies


Zehra Imam

Farmington Hills, MI

Director, Illuminated Cities Project


Wardah Khalid

Tomball, TX

Consultant, Countering Violent Extremism Project, Outreach Strategists LLC


Hasna Maznavi

Cerritos, CA

Founder and Co-President, Women's Mosque of America


Sana Muttalib

Pasadena, CA

Co-president, Women's Mosque of America

Enforcement Attorney, United States Securities and Exchange Commission


Reza Nekumanesh

Fresno, CA

Manager, Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno


Oscar Pena

San Francisco, CA

Member, Muslim Student Association

Volunteer Chaplin, Muslim American Chaplins Association


Afif Rahman

Roxbury, MA

Head Organizer, MassMuslims

Program Assistant and Interfaith Council Board Member, Northeastern University Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service


Aïdah Rasheed

Oakland, CA

Community Outreach Coordinator, San Francisco Muslim Community Center

Audio/Visual Production Assistant, Zaytuna College


Hamza Syed

Hollywood, CA

Founder/Principal, Commons Digital


Hasnain Syed

Chatsworth, CA

Creative Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council


Kameelah Wilkerson

Altadena, CA

Secretary, Masjid Al-Taqwa

Quality Manager, Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, LMFT