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Working at the Intersection of Faith, Justice and Community Engagement

Craig Zelizer

February 6, 2023

PCDN is pleased to announce our next  Social Change Career Podcast Livestream.

In our upcoming session, Working at the Intersection of Faith, Justice and Community Engagement with Aniqa Nawabi, Executive Director of the Muslim Community Network

In this livestreamed interactive session Aniqa will share her rich experience working on inter-faith engagement, community empowerment and challenging the increase in hate actions and speech targeting Muslim Americans in the US.

She will share her insights working for more than 2 decades in the social impact sector, helping to build innovative programming supporting local and international change in a wide variety of sectors. This will include the skills needed to build a high-impact community based organization such as fundraising, communication, actions, and of course patience.

She will discuss the importance of building creative partnerships with a range of sectors and organizations, how to measure the impact of one’s work and also how to balance between funders and communities. 

Finally, she will share the joys and difficulties of organizing for change in an increasingly polarized environment and her strategies for staying resilient.  


Aniqa Nawabi is a nonprofit and public policy professional who brings nearly a decade of experience in non-profit management and policy. She serves as the Muslim Community Network’s, Executive Director. 

At MCN, Aniqa helped grow the organization’s programmatic footprint to include both a citywide and international presence with the launch of an international interfaith engagement for Muslim youth focused on peacebuilding and conflict resolution. She is also building out the organization to be one of the premier interfaith engagement and direct service institution for the Muslim community. 

Prior to joining MCN, Aniqa served as the Director of Development at Chhaya Community Development Corporation, an anti-poverty non-profit organization that works on the housing and immigrant rights of the South Asian community in New York City. As the lead fundraiser, she raised a budget of $1 million+ each year and helped expand and grow Chhaya’s reach among the individual donor and institutional funder landscape in New York City. 

She first started her career as an Assistant Research Scholar at New York University where she worked under the former Senior Economic Advisor to the President of Afghanistan and studied post-conflict states and worked on international development projects in Afghanistan and the Middle East. As an immigrant from Bangladesh and growing up as a Muslim American teenager in Queens, New York, she saw firsthand the struggles Muslim communities face in the post-9/11 era. Aniqa grew up in Germany and South Africa before coming to the United States and holds a Masters in Public Administration degree from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and a B.A. from the City University of New York-Queens College. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Business of Nonprofit Management at New York University. She is a mother of two, an avid traveler, and speaks Bengali, Hindi, and Farsi

How do I attend: The Social Change Career Podcast livestream can be watched on  Linkedin & Youtube. The recording will be also uploaded to our Youtube Channel and converted to an episode of the Social Change Career Podcast.

When: The session will be streamed on February 8 at 11 am est

Why is PCDN doing this? We are deeply committed to helping social impact professionals and students around the world find their path to impact careers. We only have one planet and one life, and our goal is to help as many people put impact & changemaking at the heart of their work across diverse sectors.

For those who want much greater support, access to the world’s best experts, more interactive sessions, networking events & workshops over 350 opportunities per month (fellowships, jobs, funding, socent +startup, training and more) + tons of members only benefits please visit the PCDN Career Campus.

Format: The podcast features short interviews led by the PCDN leadership team with our guests and there is usually time for questions from the audience. 

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