Rama Issa-Ibrahim

Rama Issa-Ibrahim is a Syrian-American activist, community organizer and the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of NY. Rama is no stranger to non-profit management, community outreach, fundraising, and social justice. As someone who is impacted and represents a community of impacted folks from Syria, Yemen and other banned countries, Rama has been a leading voice in NYC in fighting back against the racist and Islamophobic Muslim and refugee ban since the first EO. She kick-started her career working with refugee youth at the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut. Prior to joining AAANY, Rama was the Lead Advisor on Arab, Muslim, and South Asian Relations at the NYC Commission on Human Rights working to increase the Commission's efforts to engage the Arab and Muslim communities citywide. She was also the Programs and Policy Associate at the Mayor's Fund to Advance NYC, working closely with funders, government agencies and non-profit organizations to increase opportunities and equity for all NYC residents. She spent her first 4 years in NYC working for the Arab-American Family Support Center, a sister organization, in strengthening public-private partnership, and program design and implementation. Rama is fluent in English, Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese.