Naheed Qureshi serves as deputy director at Muslim Advocates. She was a founding board member of Muslim Advocates and served for four years as the chair of the fundraising committee. She brings to Muslim Advocates a deep expertise in public policy with a focus on civil rights issues.
Naheed worked for the Washington Legislative Office of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where she was responsible for national issues related to racial profiling, voting rights, the Patriot Act, and other post-September-11th civil rights violations. In her role as a national field organizer, she advanced policy issues and educated stakeholders about critical infringements on American civil liberties and freedoms.
Prior to working at the ACLU, Naheed spent several years working for the federal government. After 9/11 she was recruited to join the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to help shape the Initiative to Combat Post-9/11 Discrimination. There, she worked with a federal inter-agency team to organize community forums throughout the country, obtain discrimination complaints, rally key opinion leaders on civil rights issues, and conduct outreach to the Muslim, Arab, and South Asian American communities. Naheed came to the Justice Department through the Attorney General’s Honors Program where she first served as Attorney Advisor to Immigration Judge Ellen K. Thomas.
After her time at the Justice Department, Naheed worked at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where she continued her efforts to build bridges between the federal government and ethnic and immigrant communities on a national scale. She has also gained experience in local government during her time at the City of Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.
She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.