About the Author

Zainab Chaudry is on the board of Interfaith Action for Human Rights, and serves as its liaison to Shoulder-to-Shoulder – an interfaith initiative formed to counter anti-Muslim sentiment in America that is affiliated with the Islamic Society of North America. She also works at the Council on American-Islamic Relations – the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.

She is a taskforce member of Bilal Initiative – an effort designed to expand conversations within American Muslim communities on building a multiracial, multigenerational, and women-friendly society.

She is a Fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute who has been appointed as ‘Ambassador for Peace’ by a UN Partner Organization, and has received recognition from the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s office for supporting Baltimore City youth and underprivileged communities.

She has obtained certification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on training faith leaders on responding to mass casualty incidents and emergency preparedness.

She is a member of the Coalition Opposed to Violence and Extremism (COVE), and has presented to law enforcement officers, community leaders, and faith leaders on securing houses of worship and protecting congregations.

Chaudry is a member of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a Jewish-Muslim interfaith dialogue group for women.

She has been recognized by the Governor of Maryland for organizing the state’s first Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium, and has been nominated for the Governor’s Service Award for her work to empower and engage interfaith communities across Maryland.

She regularly comments on social justice issues and the American Muslim perspective on national and global affairs.

She has appeared, been quoted, or been published in international and national media outlets including CNN, TIME, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Al-Jazeera, BBC, Reuters, AP, and others.

She resides in her home state of Maryland.

NOTE: The views expressed in this blog are the author’s own. They should not be attributed to any other entity, individual, or organization.