Growing up in central Alabama surrounded by woods and creeks, Sevim discovered at an early age her that most direct connection with God came through nature. To this day, she still finds peace in natural surroundings and holds a deep concern regarding humankind’s responsibility as vicegerent of the earth. She is involved with multiple local climate action groups and dedicated to helping educate youth about the importance of environmental awareness for spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. She holds a B.S. from Georgetown and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and has many years of nonprofit experience in Washington, DC, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also a professional writer/editor and yoga instructor and is currently training to be a master naturalist .
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Ann is currently Assistant Director at the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Ms. Birkelbach holds a dual master’s degree in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Art History from Indiana University at Bloomington and a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. She also pursued post-graduate studies in nonprofit management and fundraising.
Dardir has completed two masters in education. He is currently enrolled as a student in Mishkah pursuing a bachelors in Islamic Studies. He is working at the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) as an educational advisor. He is the founder and Chief Coordinator of the non-profit organization The Building Blocks of New Jersey whose mission is: “To aid self development, promote activism, and bolster community building”. He also consults and is a trustee at “Outreach on the Barrio” based in Houston.
Sanaa has over a decade of nonprofit legal, business and governance operations experience at the National Wildlife Federation - the United States’ largest private, nonprofit conservation education and advocacy organization, serving over six million members and supporters, and 51 state and territorial affiliated organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and also serves on the board of a private foundation providing educational grants and services to students in need and those pursuing careers in community and public service.
Rumin grew up in Wichita, Kansas, where she learned to concentrate on the small actions she can do to make the world a healthier, safer, and more love-filled place. She joined Green Muslims to inspire others to be better stewards of the planet and be inspired to do the same. Rumin received a Master of Science in Public Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at University of North Carolina and currently works in public health policy research in Washington, DC.
A native of Michigan and long time resident of the District, Ryan is an avid champion for all things outdoors. He has worked at various federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior as well as working with DC youth for many years teaching all aspects of environmental protection and awareness. You can often find him hiking mountains or riding his bike in the city and beyond.