I am a professional communications strategist, with a particular interest in messaging and movement building. I guide, train and strategize with community groups and grassroots organizations to develop communications goals and projects.
I worked as a community journalist for three years in metro Detroit before transitioning into nonprofit and movement communications, where I have been for five years. Currently, I work with the Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL)–an initiative of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University Law School–to develop and coordinate communications strategies to further DEAL's mission of addressing racial equity in Detroit. I also serve as Communications Director on the board of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, a faith-based organization that fights for racial justice through education for liberation.
I am a lover of words, a passion that goes back to growing up as a first-generation Muslim immigrant kid wanting to speak and write English perfectly so that no one could claim I wasn’t American enough. Despite knowing now that acceptance is never guaranteed, no matter how perfectly you speak or write English, I continue my passion for communications by sharing my expertise with those who need it most.