By TAHIR SYED, New York
CAIR New York announced its new executive board members. Sister Afaf Nasher will be Chair, Hassan Ahmad will be Co-Vice President, Jehangir Kabir will be Co-Vice President, Carl Jack will be treasurer and Ryan Mahoney will be Secretary of CAIR NY.
Sister Afaf Nasher graduated St. John’s University School of Law in 2005 and practiced corporate litigation in a private firm for several years. Thereafter she shifted her focus towards family and community. She serves as an active volunteer with several religious and secular organizations in various capacities. Her involvement with CAIR-NY stems from an enthusiasm to foster an understanding of the Muslim American identity, and to promote positive activism within Muslim and non-Muslim communities.
Hassan Ahmad graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 2004, and is a founding partner of his downtown Manhattan law firm, Ahmad Naqvi Rodriguez, LLP. At his law firm, he handles both State and Federal Criminal Defense cases, provides extensive investigation counseling regarding NYPD and FBI interviews, and represents clients in Employment Discrimination, Family Law, and Civil Rights matters. He also leads CAIR-NY's Know Your Rights workshops in mosques, colleges, and community centers.
Jahangir Kabir is a District Manager at White Castle System, Inc. and manages operations in Queens and part of Manhattan. He won the 2014 “Faces of Diversity American Dream Award”. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree at Wilmington University. He serves as a board member for Highland Park CDC and Bangladeshi American Advocacy Group. He is also an executive committee member at Baitul Mamor Masjid and Community Center in Brooklyn.
Ryan Mahoney was the former Board President of CAIR-NY. He is an activist, a technologist and an educator. As an activist, he has played a key role in national campaigns that combat Islamophobia and promote unity. He currently works as a senior software engineer at BetterLesson: an education start-up that brings continuous professional learning to teachers everywhere. He is a frequent speaker on the subjects of computer programming, life-hacking, start-up culture and the intersection of technology, education and activism.
CAIR NY is organizing Anti Bullying and Islamophobia workshop on Saturday, April 18th, 1:45 pm -3 pm at Islamic Association of Long Island, 10 Park Hill Dr, Selden, NY 11784