As the Executive Director and founder of Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment, Nausheena Hussain is a social justice activist here to amplify the voice and power of Muslim sisters. She is creating gender equity through sisterhood, storytelling and public policy.
Nausheena 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 volunteers on the Brooklyns Coalition of Communities of Color, has served as an election judge, and was a 2016 Minnesota Delegate at the Democratic National Convention. Her philanthropic work includes service on the Advancement Committee for the Charities Review Council and the Headwaters Foundation for Justice Community Innovation and Social Change Fund committee. Nausheena is a co-founder and Board Secretary of the Brooklyn Park Islamic Center. In 2004, Nausheena co-founded the Muslim Youth Leadership Award and served on its board of directors. She is a fellow graduate from the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, Studio/E entrepreneurial program, Rockwood Institute Fellow and is a 2016 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow. Nausheena was named the 2012 Catalytic Leader by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.
Her career started out at UnitedHealth Group, working as a Sales Administration Manager for a preventive care model servicing nursing home residents. She then moved into the world of consumer electronics and worked for Best Buy in multiple capacities including loyalty marketing, direct marketing and multicultural marketing. This led to her finding her purpose in life and transitioned into the nonprofit sector. Nausheena served as the Deputy Director for the Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights advocacy group. Nausheena graduated from the University of Minnesota cum laude in 2003 with her MBA in Marketing and Healthcare Administration. She holds certificates in executive programs from both Stanford University and Harvard University. Married, with two teenagers, she lives in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.
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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.