Rami Nashashibi has been bridging the deep cultural, social and economic divides of struggling people and places for two decades.
Rami is the founding executive director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), which provides direct services to residents, organizes for social policy change and cultivates the arts in Chicago and Atlanta. He has built a model for Muslim-led interfaith and civic engagement that has gained national attention for its dynamic, collaborative approaches that impact a wide range of issues, from health and crime to housing and jobs. He is a 2017 MacArthur "Genius Grant" fellow and an adjunct professor at both the University of Chicago and Saint Xavier University (in Chicago).
Rami earned a doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Chicago and recently completed a three-year teaching appointment at the Chicago Theological Seminary. He also has a master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s from DePaul University in English literature and international studies. In 2016, he was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Inner-City Muslim Action Network; Chicago, IL
Nonprofit impact/community engagement
Advance a book that chronicles the experience of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network as it works on behalf of marginalized populations. The book will amplify the American Muslim Experience and articulate a spiritually-rooted vision and praxis for creative placemaking, across divides.