A Network of Aspiring Arab American Leaders

Each month, as part of our Arab American Generations program, we hold an event in the Washington, DC area for Arab American young professionals, aspiring politicians, public servants, or individuals who want to be at the heart of politics. The young Arab American community in Washington, DC represents a future generation of public servants, thought leaders, journalists and more, and we at AAI strive to provide a platform for our future leaders. Past events have included community service initiatives, roundtable discussions with various leaders, networking mixers and dinner parties.

We aim to empower Arab Americans as leaders in their community and in the public sphere. Our monthly gatherings include food, fun, opportunities to network, and Arab American guest speakers who are engaged in important work that impacts our community. Past speakers have included White House staff, Arab American members of Congress, community activists, and business leaders. We also gather to celebrate occasions like Ramadan and cultural events, and to watch significant TV coverage of political events like election results and State of the Union speeches. Generations also leads two Arab American Service Days in May and November to give back to the communities we live in.

This month’s Generation event will be a Q&A session with Hannah Allam, Ms. Allam covers foreign affairs for the DC bureau of McClatchy Newspapers, the nation's third-largest newspaper publisher. She previously served as McClatchy’s Baghdad bureau chief during the war in Iraq and as Middle East bureau chief in Cairo during the Arab Spring uprisings. Her reporting has won several national awards, including an Overseas Press Club honor and a John S. Knight Gold Medal. She was chair of the international reporting jury for The Pulitzer Prizes in 2015 and is newly elected to the board of the Overseas Press Club of America. She was a 2009 Nieman fellow at Harvard. Allam is Egyptian American and spent her childhood between Oklahoma and the Middle East (Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE).

If you’re in the DC area and would like to become part of the Generations program – let us know! We hope that you will be able to join on us Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 6 pm at our offices in downtown Washington, DC. To RSVP or to find out more about our Generations program, please visit the following link or email Yasmin Hussein at yhussein@aaiusa.org

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