Board of Directors:

Zead Ramadan Board President Zead Ramadan is the founding board Chair of the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Educational Center as well as the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. He served for 15 years on Community Board 12 Manhattan, where he was Chair for 2 years. He served on the Executive Committees of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone and the West Harlem Development Corp., as well as the Washington Heights and Inwood Chamber of Commerce. He is also a trustee of the Hudson Valley Islamic Community Center, and their representative to various interfaith associations.

Zead Ramadan
Board President

Zead Ramadan is the founding board Chair of the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Educational Center as well as the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. He served for 15 years on Community Board 12 Manhattan, where he was Chair for 2 years. He served on the Executive Committees of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone and the West Harlem Development Corp., as well as the Washington Heights and Inwood Chamber of Commerce. He is also a trustee of the Hudson Valley Islamic Community Center, and their representative to various interfaith associations.

Hassan Ahmad Co-Vice President / Exec. Board Member 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. While in law school, Mr. Ahmad worked for Bronx County Supreme Court Justice Caesar Cirigliano, the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York, and was awarded the CALI award for Excellence in Criminal Trial Advocacy. Upon graduating, Mr. Ahmad began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. He served the people of New York for five years, successfully prosecuting hundreds of cases. The Honorable District Attorney Charles Hynes appointed Mr. Ahmad to serve on a committee to promote tolerance and understanding amongst the Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities in Brooklyn. At Ahmad Naqvi Rodriguez, LLP, Mr. Ahmad 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. Mr. Ahmad is licensed to practice law in all of the State Courts of New York and New Jersey, as well as the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York.

Hassan Ahmad
Co-Vice President / Exec. Board Member

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. While in law school, Mr. Ahmad worked for Bronx County Supreme Court Justice Caesar Cirigliano, the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York, and was awarded the CALI award for Excellence in Criminal Trial Advocacy.

Upon graduating, Mr. Ahmad began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. He served the people of New York for five years, successfully prosecuting hundreds of cases. The Honorable District Attorney Charles Hynes appointed Mr. Ahmad to serve on a committee to promote tolerance and understanding amongst the Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities in Brooklyn.

At Ahmad Naqvi Rodriguez, LLP, Mr. Ahmad 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.

Mr. Ahmad is licensed to practice law in all of the State Courts of New York and New Jersey, as well as the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York.

Jahangir Kabir Co-Vice President / Exec. Board Member “Faces of Diversity American Dream Award 2014” winner Mr. Kabir is works in resturant management. He earned his BBA in 2000, MBA in 2005 and now he is pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree at Wilmington University. He lives in Brooklyn and is very active within the community. He serves as the board secretary for the Highland Park CDC and Bangladeshi American Advocacy Group. He is also an executive committee member at Baitul Mamor Masjid and Community Center in Brooklyn. 

Jahangir Kabir
Co-Vice President / Exec. Board Member

“Faces of Diversity American Dream Award 2014” winner Mr. Kabir is works in resturant management. He earned his BBA in 2000, MBA in 2005 and now he is pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree at Wilmington University. He lives in Brooklyn and is very active within the community. He serves as the board secretary for the 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 Secretary / Exec. Board Member Ryan@virtuecenter.com Ryan Mahoney is the Secretary of the New York Chapter of The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). 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.  In 2010, he founded Virtue Center for Art & Technology, a company whose mission is to technologically enable the non-profits and organizations that are positioned to make the most positive impact on the world.  He is a frequent speaker on the subjects of entrepreneurship, start-up culture, the intersection of technology and activism, and MOOCs: the current trend in education towards blended learning and Massive Online Open Courses.

Ryan Mahoney
Secretary / Exec. Board Member

Ryan@virtuecenter.com

Ryan Mahoney is the Secretary of the New York Chapter of The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). 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.  In 2010, he founded Virtue Center for Art & Technology, a company whose mission is to technologically enable the non-profits and organizations that are positioned to make the most positive impact on the world.  He is a frequent speaker on the subjects of entrepreneurship, start-up culture, the intersection of technology and activism, and MOOCs: the current trend in education towards blended learning and Massive Online Open Courses.

Carl Jack Treasurer / Exec. Board Member Carl Jack has recently achieved an additional degree in higher education from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. He owns an organic farm and lives in Poughkeepsie, New York. He is passionate about intra-faith relations, especially amongst groups of different ethnic backgrounds. He is very active in the various mosques and community centers in Upper New York. 

Carl Jack
Treasurer / Exec. Board Member

Carl Jack has recently achieved an additional degree in higher education from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. He owns an organic farm and lives in Poughkeepsie, New York. He is passionate about intra-faith relations, especially amongst groups of different ethnic backgrounds. He is very active in the various mosques and community centers in Upper New York. 

Lamis Deek, Esq. Board Member Lamis Deek, Esq. has engaged in zealous and successful civil litigation on behalf of individuals and institutions that have been attacked or sought for eviction on the basis of their racial or religious identities.  Ms. Deek has also represented countless people, including community leaders against predatory prosecutions, police brutality and civil rights infringements.  Her practice handles both State and Federal matters, trial and appellate.  Her work spans international human rights, criminal defense and appeals, civil rights, civil litigation, immigration and family law. 

Lamis Deek, Esq.
Board Member

Lamis Deek, Esq. has engaged in zealous and successful civil litigation on behalf of individuals and institutions that have been attacked or sought for eviction on the basis of their racial or religious identities.  Ms. Deek has also represented countless people, including community leaders against predatory prosecutions, police brutality and civil rights infringements.  Her practice handles both State and Federal matters, trial and appellate.  Her work spans international human rights, criminal defense and appeals, civil rights, civil litigation, immigration and family law. 

 
Ibrahim R Mossallam Board Member imossallam@gmail.com Ibrahim is a professional international airline pilot. He majored in Aeronautical Science and minored in World Religions. Ibrahim is passionate about community empowerment and is very active in shaping the Muslim youth community. He currently serves as board member of AMP-NY and is a MAS-NY Chapter Council member.  

Ibrahim R Mossallam
Board Member
imossallam@gmail.com

Ibrahim is a professional international airline pilot. He majored in Aeronautical Science and minored in World Religions. Ibrahim is passionate about community empowerment and is very active in shaping the Muslim youth community. He currently serves as board member of AMP-NY and is a MAS-NY Chapter Council member.

 

Sahar Alsahlani Board Member sahar.alsahlani@gmail.com Originally from Iraq, Sahar recently moved to NY from Los Angeles, CA., where she had been working as a television writer and producer. Her various projects included productions for USA Broadcasting, Warner Bros. FOX, and Paramount studios, and the American Forces Network. She soon discovered her passion for activism, and joined the board of the Muslim Women's League, became active with Muslim advocacy oprganizations including the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and was part of the start-up team that launched Bridges-TV, the first ever, American-Muslim lifestyle network. Upon relocation to NY, Sahar has been active in studying about, and engaging in inter-religious dialogue and peace-building. She currently lives in one of the countries only intentional multi-faith communites geared towards studying the principles and practice of social justice and nonviolence, The Community of Living Traditions at the Stony Point Center. Sahar is also part of the Religious Leaders Council of the City of New York, and is currently working on video productions geared towards inter-religious peace-building.  

Sahar Alsahlani
Board Member

sahar.alsahlani@gmail.com

Originally from Iraq, Sahar recently moved to NY from Los Angeles, CA., where she had been working as a television writer and producer. Her various projects included productions for USA Broadcasting, Warner Bros. FOX, and Paramount studios, and the American Forces Network. She soon discovered her passion for activism, and joined the board of the Muslim Women's League, became active with Muslim advocacy oprganizations including the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and was part of the start-up team that launched Bridges-TV, the first ever, American-Muslim lifestyle network. Upon relocation to NY, Sahar has been active in studying about, and engaging in inter-religious dialogue and peace-building. She currently lives in one of the countries only intentional multi-faith communites geared towards studying the principles and practice of social justice and nonviolence, The Community of Living Traditions at the Stony Point Center. Sahar is also part of the Religious Leaders Council of the City of New York, and is currently working on video productions geared towards inter-religious peace-building.

 

Yasir Saddiqui Board Member Yasir Siddiqui is an industrial engineer at Estee Lauder. He is very active in the Muslim community in Long Island, such as Islamic Center of Long Island where he delivers kuthbas. 

Yasir Saddiqui
Board Member

Yasir Siddiqui is an industrial engineer at Estee Lauder. He is very active in the Muslim community in Long Island, such as Islamic Center of Long Island where he delivers kuthbas. 

Masum Ali Board Member Masum Ali works for community empowerment for the Bangladeshi and greater NYC Muslim immigration communities through a variety of different social organizations, such as: Executive Board member of MUNA, Advisory Committee Member of Bangladeshi He is currently involved in the following areas: Advisory Council, Staten Island Civic Council, NYMVIC, Interfaith Center of New York, and others. He is very active in GOTV efforts for NYC Muslims and fundraising efforts for NYC elections in the hopes of educating Muslims on the value of political and civic engagement. An immigrant, US citizen and graduate of Baruch College, he currently work as a color specialist at Quad Graphics and am CEO of Diganta Media USA, Corp. (US Div of Dig Anta Media Bangladesh). His passion is coordinating different efforts that will increase the positive influence of NYC Muslims in all sectors of our society.

Masum Ali
Board Member

Masum Ali works for community empowerment for the Bangladeshi and greater NYC Muslim immigration communities through a variety of different social organizations, such as: Executive Board member of MUNA, Advisory Committee Member of Bangladeshi

He is currently involved in the following areas: Advisory Council, Staten Island Civic Council, NYMVIC, Interfaith Center of New York, and others. He is very active in GOTV efforts for NYC Muslims and fundraising efforts for NYC elections in the hopes of educating Muslims on the value of political and civic engagement. An immigrant, US citizen and graduate of Baruch College, he currently work as a color specialist at Quad Graphics and am CEO of Diganta Media USA, Corp. (US Div of Dig Anta Media Bangladesh). His passion is coordinating different efforts that will increase the positive influence of NYC Muslims in all sectors of our society.

Nasir Mahmood Board Member Nasir Mahmoud is a registered pharmacist and owner of Pine Plains Pharmacy. Past President and Chairman of the board of Pharmacists Society of State of New York. Currently serve on the board of Hudson Valley Pharmacists Society, Pakistani American Pharmacists Association, (PAPA), Pharmacists Society of State of New York (PSSNY), Bank Of Millbrook Advisory Board, Mid Hudson Islamic Association (MHIA). Volunteer for Dutchess Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Care Transition Coalition, Immunization Action Coalition. He also serves on the Pharmacy PAC committee, the Foundation Committee for National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), and the Pine Plains Health Advisory Council.

Nasir Mahmood
Board Member

Nasir Mahmoud is a registered pharmacist and owner of Pine Plains Pharmacy. Past President and Chairman of the board of Pharmacists Society of State of New York. Currently serve on the board of Hudson Valley Pharmacists Society, Pakistani American Pharmacists Association, (PAPA), Pharmacists Society of State of New York (PSSNY), Bank Of Millbrook Advisory Board, Mid Hudson Islamic Association (MHIA). Volunteer for Dutchess Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Care Transition Coalition, Immunization Action Coalition. He also serves on the Pharmacy PAC committee, the Foundation Committee for National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), and the Pine Plains Health Advisory Council.