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Staff

Warren David
President

Warren is the national president of ADC. A third-generation Arab American of Lebanese-Syrian heritage, he has been a life-long activist in Michigan’s Arab American community. He is the founder and publisher of Arab America, formerly Arab Detroit, one of the leading interactive websites in the U.S. providing digital media to the Arab American community. He is also an executive producer of a newly produced national public television series about Arab Americans, “Arab American Stories,” Warren was an originator of the ”Images and Perceptions of Arab Americans Diversity Workshop,” which has trained more than 1,500 educators, corporate employees, government officials, and media personnel about the image of the Arab and Arab American. He was the executive producer of the award winning nationally disseminated NPR radio series, "Arabesque: Insights into Arab Culture." Warren is the founder of David Communications, a multi-cultural public relations, marketing and advertising firm with specialization in the Arab American market.

Nabil Mohamad
Vice President

For over twenty years Nabil has served the Arab American community in Washington DC and across the country through his involvement in ADC and a variety of other Arab American organizations. He works on maintaining and expanding ADC’s base across the nation, forming multiple new chapters. From 1987-1997 Nabil was the Executive Director of Roots, a Palestinian-American youth organization. He also worked with the non-profit organization Save Lebanon between 1984 and 1986. Nabil served on the Steering Committee of Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace (WIAMP) and currently he is a member of the Advisory Board of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.


Imad Hamad
Regional Director and Senior National Advisor

Imad is the Regional Director and Senior National Advisor for Public Affairs of ADC. He is a long time community advocate, who has fought for the cause of civil rights and justice. Imad came to the United States as a student in 1980. He served the Arab American community in Michigan as a bilingual counselor, social worker and job developer until 1997, when he assumed his position as the Regional Director of ADC. Throughout the years, he has earned his community’s respect and has become one of its rising leaders.

Abed A. Ayoub, Esq.
Director of Policy & Legal Affairs

Abed is admitted to the Michigan State Bar, and a member of the American Bar Association. Abed was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan, home of the largest concentration of Arab Americans in the U.S. He is a graduate of the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law, where he received recognition for his public interest work and dedication to the legal community. He joined ADC in 2002, as the Membership and Development Coordinator for the ADC-Michigan Office. In 2003, he was elected as Chapter President of ADC-Detroit, a position he held for two terms. Abed went on to serve on the ADC-Michigan Advisory Board, and contributed to the growing success of the ADC Michigan Network. Before joining the ADC national office in 2007, Abed was in private practice in Michigan, specializing in immigration and criminal law. Abed attended the University of Michigan where he received a BA in Corporate Communications and Public Relations. Outside of ADC, he worked with a number of organizations on interfaith projects and has participated in numerous diversity training programs throughout the State of Michigan.

Raed Jarrar
Director of Communications & Advocacy

Raed is an Arab American political advocate, media analyst, and architect. Since his immigration to the United States in 2005, he has worked on political and cultural issues pertaining to US-Arab relationships. Raed gained national attention after an incident in 2006 at John F. Kennedy International Airport when he was prevented from boarding a flight while wearing a t-shirt with the text "We Will Not Be Silent" in English and Arabic. ADC contacted the Department of Transportation at the time and initiated an investigation into the matter. In January 2009, both the airline and the TSA paid Raed a settlement that ranks among the largest of its kind since Sept. 11, 2001. Given his personal and professional experiences with issues that impact Arab Americans, Raed is a sought after analyst who frequently appears on English and Arabic media outlets.

Nicole Saleem
Staff Attorney

Nicole is admitted to the Illinois State Bar. Nicole graduated magna cum laude from Michigan State University and with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law. During Nicole’s law school career she was President of the Middle Eastern Law Student Association and wrote her note for the Iowa Law Review on a woman’s right to wear religious garbs in court. Nicole is a second-generation Arab American of Lebanese descent born and raised throughout the Midwest. She has been a member of ADC since her high school days.

 

Renee Marie Moorad
Kahlil Gibran Legal Fellow

Renee is a first-generation Arab American of Lebanese and Syrian descent from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She graduated cum laude with her BS in Health and Exercise Sciences from the University of Oklahoma in 2007. In 2011 she received her Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and is currently in the admittance process to the New York State Bar. Renee is currently pursuing her LL.M. in International and Comparative Law at the George Washington University Law School. Renee joined ADC as a legal intern in January 2012 and became a member of the staff in May 2012. Her areas of focus include legal case and policy work. She also coordinates the Kahlil Gibran Appreciaton Initiative and the Network of Arab American Lawyers of ADC (NAALA).

Marielle Costanza
Development & Special Projects

Marielle has spent more than six years studying and working on topics related to the Middle East. She graduated with an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University in 2010. Her graduate thesis analyzed the role of dabkeh in contemporary Lebanon. In 2008, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah with degrees in Middle Eastern Studies: Arabic, International Studies, and History. Her areas of academic interest include: foreign policy, history of the modern Middle East, sectarianism, democracy in the Middle East, women and minority rights, and Arab politics. She was born in the southern United States and has lived in the Northeast and Midwest as well. Marielle is a strong advocate of civil and human rights and the power of education in implementing change.

 

Marwa Bakabas
Office Administrator

Marwa is a first-generation Arab American of Yemeni, Egyptian, and Saudi descent. She is a graduate of George Mason University with a BA in Global Affairs (concentrating on the Middle East and North Africa). She was on the first board of the Save the Children GMU chapter. She’s been involved in community volunteer work for a number of years. She embraces all cultures and religions, and is passionate about unity, coexistence, non violence, human rights, and civil rights. She previously served as an ADC intern in early 2011 and joined the staff in September 2011 as the Office Administrator.