The National Policy Council (NPC) is a body of Arab American community and political leaders who serve as important support base for the Institute’s community organizing efforts and policy work. Collectively, the NPC represents a wealth of experience, expertise and insight which is indispensable to the national impact of the Arab American community. This group of leaders is well-connected in their respective areas, familiar with AAI’s national leadership, understands the importance of our shared work, and is willing to dedicate a few hours each month to mobilizing the Arab American community.

Each month, AAI hosts monthly briefing calls for NPC members only. Our monthly calls bring national issues into local focus, and connect NPC members with policy experts on the most pressing domestic and foreign issues of the moment. We hope to provide not only deep insight into the facts and politics of an issues, but clear strategic actions that the Arab American community can mobilize around.

NPC members participate in AAI's leadership conferences, summits, and advocacy opportunities. Each year, AAI hosts a spring and fall leadership conference which bring NPC members together to connect in person, to engage in joint advocacy work with policymakers, and advance their local issues on the national stage. 

NPC members also build an Arab American grass tops network that is mobilized to develop shared goals, implement activities, and contribute to local, state, and national organizing. NPC members represent and serve as AAI's representatives in their local communities.

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Who Serves on the National Policy Council?

The membership of this roughly 100 person body reflects the political, geographic, and gender diversity of the community. Criteria for invitation-only membership in the NPC are as follows: membership on the Board of Governors; key community leaders; and, individual supporters who have invested considerable personal time and energy into AAI projects. We specifically focus on engaging with leaders in the 12 states with the highest concentration of Arab Americans:

                  California                                Michigan                                 Ohio                         Virginia

                  Florida                                    New York                                Pennsylvania             Maryland

                  Massachusetts                         New Jersey                             Texas                        Illinois

 

For more information about the NPC or to inquire about joining, please contact Joan Hanna (jhanna@aaiusa.org).