Our Team

Mariam Watson Mokhtarzada

Mariam is a co-founder of NWMI. She has served in leadership positions in for-profit and non-profit organizations, striving to help them reach their potential. She has a M.S. in Organization Development from American University.

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Ambereen Husain

Ambereen joined NWMI in 2017 first as a volunteer, then as a Program Coordinator, and now as Head of Operations! Her work focuses on the logistics and scheduling or NWMI programs, as well as a lot of behind the scene work to ensure the success of NWMI events.

Mona Rahnama Eldadah

Mona brainstorms with volunteers to design programs for NWMI, based on the community’s needs and interests. She is one of NWMI’s co-founders who seeks a loving community focused on Allah (swt) to raise her four kids.

Hayya Shah

Hayya oversees program logistics and manages several programs, assisting with internal and external operations.  She studied Islamic theology in Qom, Iran (1999-2009), with a concentration in Islamic law, philosophy, mysticism, and Quranic recitation.

Fatima Showkatian

Fatima oversees the logistics and relationships necessary to bring successful NWMI programming to life! She is an event planner and project manager by trade with years of experience planning, driving and executing logistics for major events of all kinds.

Maryam Jelvani

Maryam recruits volunteers for NWMI programming and matches them to programs according to their interests and skills.  Maryam joined NWMI in 2011 and has been involved in past roles such as website and social media maintenance.

Marie Howe

Marie strives to create a website which is functional, beautiful, and represents NWMI's values and goals. Last Ramadan she helped facilitate NWMI's Convert Connections program and she looks forward to working on future interfaith initiatives.

Sean Hopkins

Sean oversees internal and external communications strategies for NWMI, including our web content, mailing list information, social media, and program communication. Sean's background is in writing, editing, multimedia and communication strategy.


Solat Zaidi

As a program coordinator, Solat organizes, plans, and executes a broad range of community activities, including NWMI’s successful Welcome Ramadan program and the 2018 Eid Festival.  She has a Masters in Biotechnology from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

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Maryam Paryavi

Maryam began her role as a member of the event planning team after being recruited at a NWMI volunteer meeting, and also began to manage NWMI’s website needs.