BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Hassan Aljanabi is originally from Iraq. He is a civil engineer with a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University. He is currently working as a design engineer at a construction company.
Mohammed is originally from Baghdad, lraq. At age 18, he worked as an Arabic-English interpreter in a joint Iraqi-American military command until fall 2007 when he won a full scholarship at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. After earning his degree in economics, he worked in Houston then moved to Chicago where he currently works in finance and IT consulting at Accenture. Mohammed is also involved with multiple local and international aid organizations including International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), Mercy Corps, and Kiva. He is motivated by his personal struggles as a young immigrant to help refugees, especially young professionals and students, acclimate to their new homeland in the United States through IMAS activities and engagements.
Hazem Isawi is an attorney with experience in administrative, environmental, and business law matters and related litigation. He earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
ZAHRAA AL KHAFAJI
Ms. Al Khafaji is a former refugee originally from Iraq. She is a civil engineer working on a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and holds a bachelor’s degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology. She is a member of the Arab American Society of Engineers and Architects, and the Society of Women Engineers. She works as a civil engineer at a construction company in Chicago.
Rawa Pendergrass, and is originally from Baghdad Iraq. She has been living in the United States for about 12 years and currently lives in Aurora, IL. Rawa has 13 years of experience doing community building activities that are related to the empowerment and virtues training of children, youth, and junior youth. She has done these activities in various countries of the world, in villages, cites and neighborhoods.. Rawa desires to contribute to helping the Iraqi Mutual Aid Society towards a common vision of helping to stabilize and bring hope, education, and a new view of life, to this population.
ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Senior Service Operations Engineer at Nokia
Vice President at Northern Trust
SANDRA FRANTZEN, JD
Shareholder of McAndrews Held & Malloy
Office of Language and Cultural Education & Chicago Public Schools/Refugee Program Initiatives
Assistant Director & Immigration at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Partner, Daley Mohan Groble
Managing Director at Upwardly Global
Strategy and Marketing Consultant
MANDY TERC, PHD
Interim Executive Director, ART WORKS Project
CULTURAL ARTS COUNCIL MEMBERS
DR. KHOSHABA JASIM
DR. FUAD RIDJA