Faiza N. Ali
Advocacy and Civic Engagement Coordinator
Faiza N. Ali is a New York Times profiled community organizer, civil rights activist and diehard Mets fan. As the Advocacy & Civic Engagement Coordinator at the Arab American Association of NY, she continues to explore ways to build community power. A 2011-2012 COR fellow, Faiza worked as an organizer with Brooklyn Congregations United, a faith-based organization seeking to empower grassroots leaders to transform their communities and neighborhoods. She is also the former Community Affairs Director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations in New York (CAIR), America’s largest Muslim civil rights organization. Recognized in 2009 as one of 100 young American Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow, Faiza is a sought after speaker on issues impacting American Muslims on topics ranging from social justice to civic engagement. She has been quoted in and appeared on local, national, and ethnic media outlets including AP, NY1, ABC and the NY Times. Faiza was the recipient of the prestigious 2011 Dr. Betty Shabazz Compass Award given to women who forge a clear direction for their communities. In 2012, was honored alongside 9 other young professionals by Congresswoman Yvette Clarke for extraordinary civic service. Faiza currently sits on the steering committee of the Coalition for Muslim School Holidays, helped found the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition and serves on the board of Turning Point for Women and Families. One of the first women from her family to attend college, she is a graduate of Pace University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and forever student of the civil rights movement.