Staff

Maha Elgenaidi, Chief Executive Officer
Maha Elgenaidi is also the founder and chair of the board of trustees. She is the author of training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims as well as training seminars for public institutions on developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community. A senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum and recently named by the San Jose Business Journal as one of Silicon Valley’s Women of Influence, Maha has been recognized with numerous civil rights awards, including the “Civil Rights Leadership Award” from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations and the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. She earned a master’s degree in Religious Studies from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from the American University in Cairo.

Marcia Beauchamp, PhD, Affiliate Director
Marcia Beauchamp oversees ING's affiliates nationwide. She is an independent consultant who has been involved in education in the U.S. for nearly twenty years. The focus of her work has been on religious freedom issues and teaching about religion in the public school curriculum. She was previously the Education Manager for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and Religious Freedom Programs Coordinator for the Freedom Forum’s First Amendment Center. From 2000-2005 Marcia chaired the Religion in Schools Task Force of the American Academy of Religion. Her writing on religion in schools issues has been published by Phi Delta Kappa, Independent School, Social Studies Review, and Religion & Education. Marcia earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies and Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.

Tim Brauhn, Communications Manager
Tim received his MA in International Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver with a concentration in Religion and Politics in the Middle East and Central Asia. He also has a BA in English Language and Literature from Aurora University in Illinois. Tim was an inaugural member of the Faiths Act Fellowship, an elite international program for interfaith leaders run by the Interfaith Youth Core and Tony Blair Faith Foundation.

Yvette R. Contreras, Development Associate
Yvette Contreras is a senior executive assistant professional with over 15 years of business administration experience in both public and not-for-profit sectors. At ING, Yvette is responsible for supporting fund development projects, event planning, database management and donor support. She was previously the Executive Assistant for the Bill Wilson Center supporting the CEO. Her career includes a variety of work for high-profile technology clients, including handling all aspects of training employees and creating information databases at Edelman Public Relations, a Silicon Valley-based public relations firm specializing in technology.

Ameena Jandali, Content Director
Ameena is a founding member of ING. She co-designs and develops ING’s educational presentations and cultural competency seminars. Ameena has delivered hundreds of presentations in schools, colleges, universities, churches, and other venues on Islam and related subjects. She’s also appeared on many news outlets speaking on issues relating to American Muslims. She currently team teaches a class on Islam at San Francisco City College. Ameena received her M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and B.A. in History from the University of Illinois.

Henry Millstein, PhD, Programs Manager
Henry holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from the University of California Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union, with a focus on Jewish-Christian relations. He worked for sixteen years with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Oregon developing a program to preserve and teach their native languages and cultures. He has taught humanities and history of religion at GTU, Stanford, and the University of California Berkeley and Davis. Henry has a B.A. in Classics from Reed College and an M.F.A. in playwriting from Carnegie-Mellon University and is a published poet and fiction writer.

Ali Asghar Rangwala, Accounting and Finance Director
Ali has over 25 years of experience in the areas of accounting, operations and engineering. Previously employed in the construction, semi-conductor and IT services industries, his experience spans business management, accounting, civil engineering design and DoD project management. Ali Asghar received his M.B.A. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University. He is passionate about volunteering, loves music, reading, camping, hiking and travel.

ING is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity of its staff.


Interns

Seher Siddiqee, Intern
Master of Arts candidate, Hartford Seminary
Seher Siddiqee is in her second year of a Masters of Arts in Islamic Studies with an emphasis in Muslim-Christian Relations and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy at Hartford Seminary.

Salma Abdulkader, Intern
Political Science and International Affairs, Dominican University of California
Salma is a sophomore at Dominican University of California studying Political Science and International Affairs, and has previously worked with elementary and high schools as well as libraries and the YMCA of Silicon Valley.

Aaron Choy, Intern
Islamic Law and Theology, Zaytuna College
Aaron is a senior at the first accredited Islamic college in the United States, Zaytuna College in Berkeley, and is majoring in Islamic Law and Theology.