PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Project Facilitator for Alo! An International Mobile Video Play, Golden Thread Productions, San Francisco, CA

November 2013 – July 2014

  • Aided in developing project concept, parameters and potential participants for the international video performance exchange among theatre artists in the U.S. and the Middle East/North Africa

  • Managed multiple teams of artists in various countries throughout the project process

  • Track and support teams in creating video performances and facilitate the exchange of each recording

  • Document progress and problems to be presented at the Theatre Communications Group annual conference in June 2014

    Coordinator, Global Entrepreneur and Maker Space Initiative (GEMSI), Lebanon, Iraq, San Francisco, CA

    September 2012 – February 2013

  • Managed international operations for non-profit working to establish makerspaces in the Middle East and North Africa

  • Development organizational concept and brand and structure

  • Managed a team of documentary filmmakers traveling to Lebanon and Iraq

  • Identified potential problems and determined strategies of direction for local

    makerspaces in Beirut and Baghdad

  • Developed and managed social media content during project duration

  • Liaised between local makerspaces and the art and technology communities in

    their cities to create partnerships

  • Presented at international technology conference, SHARE Beirut

  • Provided leadership training for directors on the ground, working to establish

    spaces

  • Identified and communicated with relevant individuals on the ground to lead

    workshops

  • Programmed daily workshop schedules and coordinated meetings

  • Managed daily budget on the ground

  • Collected stories of innovation from around the Middle East and North Africa

    Content Producer, StraightTalk Podcast, Los Angeles, CA

November 2011 – February 2014

  • Identified potential guests for each episode

  • Developed topics with guests and host, Maher Hathout

  • Coordinated guest scheduling

  • Produced copy associated with each episode

  • Managed podcast Twitter campaign and developed graphics for seasonal social

    media campaigns

  • Co-produced, Haram, a theatrical play adaptation of Maher Hathoutʼs poetry

    Coordinator, Project Souarna, Amman, Jordan

    March 2009 – January 2010

  • Developed photography program designed to foster leadership and creativity for displaced youth around the world

  • Initiated fundraising strategies for the execution of the program as well as program sustainability

  • Liaised with Relief International and local community groups to acquire equipment, workspace and exhibition space for project

  • Developed curriculum and facilitated workshops for refugee youth

  • Developed team of artists and educators to join project

  • Traveled to Amman, Jordan to implement project

  • Organized multiple events exhibiting outcome of participant work

    Creative Producer, thirdSPACE Productions, San Francisco, CA
    January 2008 – January 2012

  • Co-created graphic design and creative marketing company geared toward artists

  • Developed artistic and thematic framework for business website and projects

  • Developed and executed company’s business and strategic plans

  • Developed contracts for employees and clients

  • Launched online magazine and assisted in marketing strategies, including social

    media applications

  • Monitor daily operations, which include, accounting, client-management and

    graphic design

  • Defined and acquired potential clients

  • Started an online magazine featuring innovative work by client base

  • Produced entertainment events to promote business and artist clientele

    Director, National Hate Crime Prevention Department, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Los Angeles, CA

    October 2001- September 2003

  • Established department and developed operational structure

  • Researched and pursued grant opportunities to fund and sustain the department

  • Assisted victims of hate crime and discrimination in pursuing legal compensation

    as well as medical and psychological attention

  • Organized community forums to educate individuals of their civil rights and to

    provide access to community resources

  • Networked with law enforcement agencies, politicians, and community-based

    organizations

  • Managed department budget, hired interns, and developed marketing materials

  • Lead cultural awareness training for local law enforcement officers, educators,

    and community organizers

  • Organized press conferences and issued press releases on pertinent issues

  • Conducted innumerous television, print and documentary interviews as well as

    public speaking engagements

  • Collected data and distributed annual reports on national cases in the American

    Muslim community Coordinator, Elev8, Los Angeles, CA

    June 2001- January 2008

  • Developed curriculum dedicated to fostering youth leadership through arts education and creative practice for the youth-led non-profit

  • Networked with community organizations and key stakeholders to aid in project development.

  • Organized events and workshops focused on media literacy through the arts

  • Designed and implemented a six-month program focused on immersing Muslim

    youth in Los Angeles in local art history and community engagement

  • Presented cultural awareness workshops in classrooms across the LAUSD