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I work to help build strong and resilient communities. Prior to government service I worked with communities in post-conflict and post-disaster environments both domestically in the United States in the wake of Hurricane Katrina as well as internationally in the immediate aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.  I also helped to found a small, self-sustaining mobile legal clinic in Los Angeles to deliver legal care and assistance to remote, at-risk or economically depressed communities. 

I currently serve as an advisor on civil rights and civil liberties issues at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington D.C. and teach courses on civil rights, privacy and national security.  I am also a panel member and mediator at the Agency for Dispute Resolution where I mediate intra and inter-community disputes.

Current Affiliations

American Public University/American Military University
I serve on APU's Homeland Security Curriculum Industry Advisory Council. 

Developments in Literacy (DIL)
I serve as a board member for Developments in Literacy, a non-profit organization that educates and empowers underprivileged students, especially girls, by operating student-centered model schools; and provides high-quality professional development to teachers and faculty leaders across South Asia. 

Amani Institute
I am a former board member and currently serve as an advisor to the AMANI Institute.  Their mission is to:
"Develop next-generation talent to address social challenges by creating a higher education model that offers future leaders opportunities to get an intensive experience of cross-boundary work, develop practical skills to build their professional toolkit, and understand the personal journey this work requires in order to be effective and sustainable as an individual over time. All this while simultaneously reducing the traditionally high cost of top-class global education."
Learn more about AMANI or sign up for one of their programs!

Savant Learning Systems
I currently serve as a subject matter expert on homeland security and emergency management with Savant Learning Systems, an online education company that crafts novel learning platforms for universities and higher education institutions.

Past Affiliations and Projects

American Bar Association (ABA)
I previously served as the liaison to the Standing Committee on National Security Law and Chair of the International Section's Asia Pacific Committee.

SHINE Humanity
I previously served as legal counsel and board member at SHINE Humanity, a non-profit that provides sustainable healthcare services to under-served populations in South Asia.  Learn more about their work here.

New Leaders Fellowship
I was a New Leaders Council Fellow in 2011 - the New Leaders Council is a progressive fellowship program that works to recruit, train and promote the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow — trendsetters, elected officials and civically-engaged leaders in business and industry who will shape the future landscape.

New Ground Fellowship
I was a 2010 New Ground Fellow - which provides leadership training for emerging Muslim and Jewish leaders.

Los Angeles Mobile Legal Aid Clinic (LAMLAC)
I used to run a small, mobile, self-sustaining legal aid clinic in Los Angeles and published a short paper on the model.