Staff and Affiliates
Aziza Hasan, Executive Director, email@example.com
Aziza has extensive experience in program management and coalition building. She has worked with diverse groups to deliver quality programming that developed the skills of its participants in the areas of civic engagement, advocacy, service learning, leadership, conflict transformation and diversity training. Aziza is a founding director of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change. An experienced mediator and conflict resolution practitioner she has co-facilitated multiple fellowship cohorts. A successful model of genuine engagement, NewGround has been featured on Public Radio's "Speaking of Faith" with Krista Tippett, the Unites States Institute for Peace, Arabic Radio and Television, the LA Times, the Jewish Journal and InFocus.
She is experienced in Small Claims Court mediation, coaching individuals and leading groups in conflict resolution. Her two years of AmeriCorps service gave her hands-on experience in community organizing and group problem-solving.
Aziza has appeared on CNN, ABCnews, Fox 11, LA City View 35, National Public Radio, and KCRW. Print media coverage of her work may be found in The Mennonite, AltMuslimah, The Wichita Eagle, The Newton-Kansan, The Halstead Independent, Hutchinson News and The Bethel College Collegian.
Malka Fenyvesi, Consultant and former NewGround fellowship co-director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Malka Haya Fenyvesi is an educator, peace-builder, and trainer based in Southern California. She leads workshops throughout the US. The topics include Judaism, Reconciliation, Conflict Resolution/Transformation, Pluralism and the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict and Muslim Jewish relations. She is the co-founder of NewGround: A Muslim Jewish Partnership for Change and the former Director of Interfaith Programming for the Progressive Jewish Alliance. Prior to PJA she worked with Search for Common Ground in Washington DC. Malka has a M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR). She also studied Conflict Resolution, Religion and Peacebuilding at Hebrew University and at the US Institute of Peace. In June 2008, Malka was honored to be a delegate on a State Department Funded, and National Peace Foundation and Islamic Society of North America led Citizen Diplomacy Trip to Syria and Egypt. Most recently Malka has a guest on National Public Media’s Speaking of Faith Program entitled Curiosity Over Assumptions, Interreliogiosity meets a New Generation. She is a veteran of the domestic Jewish peace movement. She has participated in a number of local and national coalitions and interfaith efforts to bring a peaceful and just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has traveled throughout Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Saaliha Khan, Communications and Project Manager, email@example.com
Saaliha is a passionate peace-builder, relationship-builder, and bridge-builder who aims to bring people together to foster transformative change. Saaliha is an Angeleno of Kashmiri descent who studied Justice & Peace Studies and Arabic at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She formerly worked at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar as a Student Development Officer in the Office of Student Affairs, where she enjoyed helping students transform their ideas into action. Over the years, she has performed service in the local, national and international arena while serving as an intern with the Los Anegles Mayor's Office, the White House, and the United States Department of State, U.S. Mission to the U.N. & Other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland. She currently serves as a Canoga Park Neighborhood Council Board Member, an At-Large Representative, who also chairs the Community Impact Statement Committee to conduct transformative outreach, advocacy, and action.
Saaliha is involved with various organizations, such as the Interfaith Youth Core, and has worked on several political campaigns, including efforts to promote voter engagement with the Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Your Vote Matters campaign. For her work in transforming communities through bridge building, she has been recognized by the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, the Georgetown Lena Landegger Community Service Award, and the Rotary Club of Los Angeles Award. Saaliha has appeared on NPR, KPCC, ABCnews, Voice of America, the Washington Examiner, Qatar Tribune, Qatar Foundation Radio, LA Times, LA Daily News, among other outlets.
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