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AMCLI Regional Program

AMCLI Regional Program

The American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI) is a leadership development program committed to unlocking the talent of the rising generation of Muslim civic leaders. Through our four-day regional training programs, AMCLI empowers these individuals with practical tools around leadership, community organizing, conflict resolution, storytelling and more. The program helps them increase their impact, while building a network of peer-based support.

AMCLI believes that leaders, when properly nurtured and supported, will help transform their organizations into highly innovative and effective partners in social change for the benefit of all Americans.

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?

Join us for the next AMCLI Regional Program: AMCLI South IV (Tennessee) – April 18-21, 2019.

Click here to learn more about the application process


We are planning programs in summer and fall of 2018. To find out about future events and programming, please sign up for CRCC’s newsletter and indicate your interest in AMCLI.


Past regional programs

AMCLI launched the regional programs in 2014, after having previously offered a national fellowship. These residential retreats have been offered regionally and were designed to serve as an overview of the core elements of the AMCLI curriculum.

Past programs include:

  • AMCLI West I (California) March 21-23, 2014
  • AMCLI East I (New Jersey) May 2-4, 2014
  • AMCLI Midwest I (Illinois) October 23-26, 2014
  • AMCLI West II (California) January 8-11, 2015
  • AMCLI South I (Texas) March 26-29, 2015
  • AMCLI South II (Tennessee) July 20-23, 2017
  • AMCLI South III (Georgia) October 26-29, 2017
  • AMCLI West III (California) April 26-29, 2018
  • AMCLI East II (New York) September 20-23, 2018


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,

Amelah Elamin
Oakland, CA
Community Outreach Coordinator, MU’EED INC

Azhar Ghani
Moorpark, CA
Board Member and Youth Coordinator, Islamic Center of Conejo Valley

Meymuna Hussein-Cattan
Los Angeles, CA
Founder and 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
Former President, Islamic Center of Irvine

Yusif Lee
San Jacinto, CA
Part-Time Youth Coordinator/ Speaker, Islamic Center of Southern California and Burbank Islamic Center

Haroon Manjlai
La Verne, CA
Public Affairs Coordinator, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Greater Los Angeles

Kursat Ozenc
Mountain View, CA
Design and Creative Lead, Muslim Giving Project

Cecilia Peralta
Anaheim, CA
Operations and Development Manager,Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Greater Los Angeles

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 and 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, Islamic Center at New York University (NYU)

Azum Ali
Alexandria, VA
Consultant, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)

Saima Anjam
Albany, NY
Government Affairs Program Associate, Environmental Advocates of New York

Muzna Ansari
Valley Stream, NY
Program Associate, Open Society Foundations (OSF)

Usman Chaudhary
Huntington, NY
Vice President, Masjid Noor Inc
Partner, Asadullah & Chaudhary LLP

Zainab Chaudry
Elkridge, MD
Outreach Manager, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Maryland

Sarah Dar
Eden Prairie, MN
Community Liaison, American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP)

Hesham El-Meligy
Staten Island, NY
Co-founder 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 (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security

Safia Hussain
New York, NY
Board Secretary, Muslim Consultative Network (MCN)
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 and Psychotherapist, Nasiha Counseling

Marcus Lambert
Brooklyn, NY
Chair, Community Life Forward

Abed Moiduddin
Chicago, IL
Board Member, Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN)

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 and Events Coordinator, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) 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
Board Member, Adams Compassionate Healthcare Network

Maryam Sharrieff
Newton Centre, MA
Muslim Fellow, Andover Newton Theological Seminary/Hebrew College Center for Inter-religious and Communal Leadership Education(CIRCLE) Program

Fazeela Siddiqui
Brooklyn, NY
Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society

Yahya Sultan
Bergenfield, NJ
Secretary, Nida Ul Islam



Sally Abdalla
Streamwood, IL
Former 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, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)

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 (Muppies)

Hazem Bata
Zionsville, IN
Executive Director and CEO, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

Tawfiq Farraj
President, Council for Advancement of Muslim Professionals (CAMP)

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) Michigan

Omair Khan
Chicago, IL
Chicago Chapter Leader/Legal Advisory Board, Muslim Urban Professionals (Muppies)

Randa Kuziez
Chicago, IL
Campus Engagement Associate, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC)

Moheeb Murray
Rochester Hills, MI
Board Member, Insitute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)

Tariq Najee-ullah
Columbia, MD
Assistant Imam, Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore
Founder, DC Musliman

Riham Osman
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
Foreign Affairs Officer, Department of State

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
Los Angeles, CA
Creative Communicator, ideaLA

Lina Akkad
Diamond Bar, CA
Youth Board Member, Egyptian American Organization

Khalid Alexander
San Deigo, CA
President Board and Founder, Pillars of the Community
English Professor and 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 (MPAC)

Husna Ghani
Oak Brook, IL
Strategy Consultant, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC)

Samantha Haikal
Henderson, NV
Campaign Assistant, The Leukemia and 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
Executive Director, NewGround

Deana Helmy
Anaheim, CA
Director of Programs and 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

Reza Nekumanesh
Fresno, CA
Manager, Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno

Oscar Pena
San Francisco, CA
Volunteer Chaplain, Muslim American Chaplains Association

Afif Rahman
Roxbury, MA
Head Organizer, MassMuslims
Program Assistant and Interfaith Council Board Member, Northeastern University Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service

Aidah Rasheed
Oakland, CA
Community Outreach Coordinator, San Francisco Muslim Community Center

Hamza Syed
Hollywood, CA
Founder and Principal, Commons Digital

Hasnain Syed
Chatsworth, CA
Creative Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)

Kameelah Wilkerson
Altadena, CA
Secretary, Masjid Al-Taqwa
Quality Manager and LMFT, Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services


Kalia Abiade
Chicago, IL
Advocacy Director, Center for New Community

Umer Esmail
Austin, TX
Imam, Nueces Mosque

Nana Firman
San Diego, CA
Fellow, GreenFaith

Sulaimaan Hamed
Decatur, GA
Imam, Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam

Muna Hussaini
Austin, TX
Austin Hate Crimes Task Force, Board Member

Jameela Jafri
Chicago, IL
Program Design Manager, After School Matters

Mona Kafeel
Plano, TX
Chief Operating Officer, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation

Sameena Karmally
Allen, TX
Board member, myCLi (an Islamic Association of Mid-Cities iniative)

Farhana Khawar
Austin, TX
Co-founder and Executive Board member, The Muslim Connection

Sabina Mohammed
Sugar Land, TX
Audit Committee Volunteer, Amaanah Refugee Services

Sana Mohammed
Sugar Land, TX
Director of Marketing, Muslim Urban Professionals (Muppies) Houston

Moitreyi Nayek
Jacksonville, FL
Executive Director, Muslim Women Civic Group (MWCG- an initiative of the UDiON Foundation)

Sabina Peerbhai
Pflugerville, TX
Committee Member, Aga Khan Council Youth Programming Austin

Maryam Rashid
Jackson, MS
Education Coordinator, International Museum of Muslim Cultures

Ghazala Salam
Weston, FL
Community and Government Relations Director, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Florida

Ihsan Saleem
Decatur, GA
Board Member, Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam

Hassan Shibly
Tampa, FL
Chief Executive Director, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Florida

Sadia Tirmizi
Austin, TX
Development Director, Interfaith Action of Central Texas

Yasmin Turk
Austin, TX
Community Activist, Austin, Texas

Duff Ullah
Davie, FL
President, Project Downtown Ft. Lauderdale

Adeel Zeb
Rockwall, TX
Director and Chaplain, Duke University Center for Muslim Life

AMCLI SOUTH II (July 2017)

Osama Abdul-Salaam
Washington, DC
Education Chair, CenterDC

Sarrah AbuLughod
Charlottesville, VA
Community Engagement Manager, The Family and Youth Institute

Ryan Ahari
Washington, DC
Policy Analyst, Muslim Public Affairs Council

Faisal Buharie
Cypress, CA
Secretary – Executive Board Member, North Orange County Democrats

Nina Daoud
Arlington, VA
Graduate Student Researcher, University of Maryland

Kaamileh Hamid
Austin, TX
Officer Development & Parent Liaison, MYNA Austin

Farha Haq
Torrance, CA
Lead Technical Expert, US Department of Labor

Azizah Kahera
Atlanta, GA
Community Coach/Consultant, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Reema Kamran
Elmhurst, IL
Co-Founder/Director, R&R Event Management

Suroor Raziuddin
Northridge, CA
Interfaith Coordinator, Islamic Society of West Valley

Bashirah Mack
Chicago, IL
Social Media Coordinator, Sapelo Square

Nadia Malik
Westmont, IL
Events Manager, R&R Event Management

Azhar Mithaiwala
Atlanta, GA
Fellow, Muslim Leadership Initiative

Marium Mohiuddin
Los Angeles, CA
Co-chair, Abrahamic Faiths Peacemaking Initiative

Sabina Mohyuddin
Tullahoma, TN
Secretary, American Muslim Advisory Council

Sakinah Mujahid
Bloomington, MN
Executive Director, Sisters Need a Place (SNAP)

Noreen Nasir
Washington, DC
Head of DC chapter, Muslim Writers Collective

Komal Rasheed
Ashburn, VA
Director, US General Services Administration

Abeer Syed
Round Rock, TX
Community Relations Manager, Amaanah Refugee Services

Saira Toor
Burr Ridge, IL
Board Member, Mohammed Webb Foundation

Aisha Yaqoob
Duluth, GA
Executive Director, Georgia Muslim Voter Project

AMCLI SOUTH III (October 2017)

Muhammad Abdur-Rahman
Jackson, MS
Deputy Director, International Museum of Muslim Cultures

Madiha Abid
Atlanta, GA
Community Outreach Coordinator, Inner-City Muslim Action Network

Jose Acevedo
Westminster, MD
Operations Executive, ALIM American Learning Institute for Muslims

Sumaya Al-Hajebi
Alburtis, PA
Executive Director, Peaceful Families Project

Ahmed Awad
Tucker, GA
Volunteer, Masjid Omar Bin Abdul Aziz

Luna Banuri
Salt Lake City, UT
Member, Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable

Moona (Rukhsana) Chaudhry
Bethesda, MD
Director of Mental Health Programming, Board Member, American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP)

Seemi Choudry
Chicago, IL
Director, Mayor’s Office of the New Americans, City of Chicago

Shannaan Dawda
Atlanta, GA
Founder, From Paychecks to Power

Amna Farooqi
Albany, GA
Community Organizer, 9to5 Georgia

Asad Farooqui
Dunwoody, GA
Co Founder/Director, Chapter One Filmworks

Heena Haiderati
Washington DC
Program Associate, One America Movement

Hoda Hawa
Fairfax, VA
Director of Policy and Advocacy, Muslim Public Affairs Council

Maysan Haydar
Cleveland, OH
Muslim Chaplain, Oberlin College

Tezcan Inanlar
Bothell, WA
Northwest Regional Director, Pacifica Institute

Rafia Khader
Indianapolis, IN
Volunteer, Muslim Alliance of Indiana

Khulood Madany
Los Angeles, CA
ILM Sisterhood Outreach Coordinator, ILM Foundation

Mayesha Manzoor
Lawrenceville, GA
Mentor Program Coordinator, Project Hope Atlanta

Shariyf Muhammad
Decatur, GA
Secretary, Atlanta Society of Muslim Men

Asma Mohammed
Minneapolis, MN
Program Manager, Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment

Sehrish Siddiqui
Germantown, TN
Vice President – USA, Islamic Society of North America


Sumbel Zeb
Rockwall, TX
Board Member, Good Citizen’s DFW

AMCLI WEST III (April 2018)

Ojaala Ahmed
Anaheim, CA
Communications Coordinator, Council on American-Islamic Relations (LA Chapter)

Abiya Ahmed
Saratoga, CA
PhD Candidate / Research Assistant, Stanford University

Aysha Ahmed
Arlington, VA
Programs and Operations, Emgage

Rizwaan Akhtar
Washington, DC
Manager of Iraqi Youth Programs, World Learning

Yasmin Ali
Chicago, IL
Singer/Songwriter, The Salaam Shalom Project

Faseeha Altaf
East Windsor, CT
President, American Muslim Health Professionals

Rose Aslan
Canoga Park, CA
Assistant Professor, California Lutheran University

Binta Diallo
Chicago, IL
Arts & Culture Administrator, Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN)

Suzan El-Rayess
Winchester, MA
Director of Operations, Jetpac Inc

Sukaina Hussain
Fresno, CA
Community Organizer, Faith in the Valley (PICO National affiliate)

Yasmin Irfani
Woodland Hills, CA
Youth Group Coordinator, Islamic Society of West Valley

Shiraz Khalid
Torrance, CA
Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office

Zahra Khan
Pasadena, CA
Founder, Feminist Islamic Troublemakers of North America

Saaliha Khan
Canoga Park, CA
Advisory Board Member, NewGround’s Muslim and Jews Inspiring Change (MAJIC) Advisory Council

Zubaer Khan
Marrieta, GA

Omar Khoshafa
Boston, MA
Civic Engagement Organizer, ISBCC

Muhi Khwaja
Fremont, CA
Co-founder, American Muslim Fund

Amany Killawi
Detroit, MI
Co-founder & COO

Wasi Mohammed
Pittsburgh, PA
Executive Director, Islamic Center of Pittsburgh

Ahmad Murrar
Franklin, WI
Law student, Georgetown Law

Arbazz Nizami
Lake Elsinore, CA
Co-Founder, Sahaba Initiative

Sana Rahim
Los Angeles, CA
President, Emerge Consulting

AMCLI EAST II (September 2018)

Sumaiya Ahmed Sheikh
West Bloomfield, MI
Executive Director of the Michigan Muslim Community Council

Mir Ali
Wyckoff, NJ, Sunday School Teacher at Darul Islah

Arshia Ali-Khan
Gurnee, IL
Chief Development Director, Muslim Legal Fund of America

Suzanne Barakat
Oakland, CA
Board Chair, Our Three Winners Foundation

Sarah Wahab Ghazi
Woodridge, IL
Social Worker, Giant Steps Therapeutic Day School

Usra Ghazi
Washington DC
Director of Policy and Programs, America Indivisible

Mohamed Gula
Alexandria, VA
Executive Director of EMGAGE (Virginia)

Kinza Khan
Chicago, IL
Attorney and Virtual Educator at HEART Women & Girls

Amina Mahmood
Clifton Park, NY
President, Albany Collegiate Interfaith Center

Ammiel Mateen
Chicago, IL
Human Resources Manager/ Logistics Lead at Inner City Muslim Action Network

Mohammad Modarres
New York, NY
Founding Director of Interfaith Ventures ( and Abe’s Meats (

Somayeh Nikooei
Menlo Park, CA
Director of Operations at Our Three Winners Foundation

Alexandra Owens
Elmhurst, NY
Administrator, LaGuardia Community College

Engie Salama
San Francisco, CA
Vice President, Diversity Affairs at University of California, San Francisco

Ramy Shabana
Washington D.C.
Grants Manager, El Hibri Foundation

Sameer Siddiqi
Washington D.C.
Volunteer Community Organizer at the Washington Interfaith Network

Farha Tahir
Washington D.C.
Ramadan Program Organizer, Yaro Collective

Tariq Touré
Alexandria, VA
Content Developer/Strategist at Islamic Relief USA

Zainab Wasti
New York, NY
Co-founder and Leadership Team Member, Islamic Center at NYU Professionals Group

Maab Yasin
Reston, VA
U.S. Programs Coordinator, Islamic Relief USA