Nausheena Hussain- 
Executive Director

Nausheena Hussain is the co-founder and Executive Director of a new platform to empower women in her community known as RISE- Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment. She is dedicated in building a movement to address leadership development, increase community engagement, and create a philanthropic legacy for change. In 2014, she was appointed as a Commissioner on the Charter Commission for the city of Brooklyn Park. She serves on the Advancement Committee for the Charities Review Council and the Brooklyns Coalition of Color. Nausheena is a co-founder and board member of the Brooklyn Park Islamic Center. Nausheena also volunteers at Al-Amal School, and received the 2014 Parent Volunteer of the Year Award, Al-Maghrib’s Impact team, and at the food shelf for Building Blocks of Islam. In 2004, Nausheena cofounded the Muslim Youth Leadership Award and served on its board of directors. Nausheena serves on the Headwaters Foundation for Justice Community Innovation and Social Change Fund committee since 2011, reviewing and approving grant requests. She is a fellow graduate from the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute and is now completing her fellowship at Studio/E entrepreneurial program. Nausheena was named the 2012 Catalytic Leader by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. Nausheena graduated from the University of Minnesota cum laude in 2003 with her MBA. Married, with two young children, she lives in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

Nausheena, talking about empowering Muslim women to take positions of leadership and make their voices heard. "If I don't see women in places of power, in places of leadership where decisions are being made, why would I ever think that was a possibility for me?"

Nausheena Hussain giving her talk, "RISE - Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment" at Ignite Minneapolis 9 on November 18, 2015 at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis.

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