Muhi Khwaja – Co-Founder

Muhi founded US Consulting Group in 2011. He earned a Bachelor’s in History and Psychology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2009.  After an internship that sparked an interested in Development (fundraising), he pursued working with nonprofit organizations and earned his Master’s in Public Administration in 2013, from the University of Michigan, specializing in nonprofit management. Some of his favorite courses focused on fundraising, strategic planning, needs assessment, and organizational development. He actively participates in Association for Fundraising Professionals’ meetings and events, speaking on best practices and diversity in development.

He has spent over eight years as a fundraising/development professional with several nonprofits including: University of MichiganUniversity of Michigan-DearbornCouncil for American-Islamic Relations – MichiganIslamic Relief USAInstitute for Social Policy & UnderstandingTa’leef CollectiveIslamic Scholarship Fund,  Indian Muslim Relief & CharitiesCenter for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership, Notables Music & Arts Organization, and the American Muslim Fund.

He currently works as a Senior Philanthropy Officer at the American Red Cross, Co-Founder at the American Muslim Fund, and photographer/owner at Focus Photography. Most recently in 2016 he became a Certified Fund Raising Executive through the Association of Fundraising Professionals and earned his Certificate in Fund Raising Management in 2017 from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

You can see his presentation on Islam & Philanthropy at the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference.

Board of Directors

Agnes Chong – Secretary, Legal

Agnes brings her considerable experience in founding organizations and programs to the American Muslim Fund. She has broad knowledge of nonprofit law and compliance issues, and a deep understanding of the sector based on her empirical research into Muslim nonprofits.
She earned her doctoral and masters degrees at Stanford Law School, was a George L. Lieberman Fellow in 2013-2014 and co-founder of the Stanford Program in Law and Society. Her research analyzed the impact of post-9/11 counter-terrorism measures on Muslim community organizations in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Prior to joining Stanford, Agnes worked exclusively in the nonprofit sector. She was Director of Programs and Outreach and Civil Rights Coordinator at CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and served as the Legal Clinic Director of the Muslim Community Association Legal Clinic.  In her hometown of Sydney, Australia, she worked for the community law sector as an attorney, policy officer, and community legal educator. In that time she served as a Board Member of the Combined Community Legal Centres Group (NSW) Inc, the peak body of community legal centres in the state of New South Wales, where she also co-convened the Law Reform and Policy Committee.  She co-founded the Australian Muslim Civil Rights Advocacy Network (AMCRAN), and led the production of three editions of the publication, Anti-terrorism laws: ASIO, the Police and You, a guide to the rights and responsibilities under Australia’s anti-terror laws.

Ayman Elsawah – President, Co-Founder

Ayman is a seasoned Enterprise Security Leader who loves challenging projects and takes pride in his ability to carry himself in various situations. Well spoken, Ayman prides himself in building rapport with executives, project managers, and engineers. His passion for hands-on technical work satiates his analytical needs and desire for efficiency and perfection. Ayman’s experience and leadership skills demonstrate time and again his strategic thinking, independent decisiveness, and his ability to mentor/guide those around him.

Ayman has served on local nonprofit boards over the last decade lending his expertise in technology and interest in fundraising best practices.

Ayat El-Noory – Co-Founder, Human Resources

Ayat earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Organizational Behavior and a Master’s in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Her professional experience includes working for various mission-driven organizations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, as well as consulting with many community groups on developing their talent management and human capital initiatives.

Ayat has a passion for bridging organizational development and social change efforts and brings to AMuslimFund a deep interest in advancing individual and communal philanthropy, especially at a local level.

Omar Hassan – Treasurer

Omar is a financial leader who believes that the way forward for philanthropy and the Muslim community is to build a sustainable framework for funding initiatives that can be both self-preserving and adaptable.  Omar is also currently an active member at his local masjid where he volunteered as a teacher at their Sunday school.

Omar has mainly focused his professional career in the asset management sector where he currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Cloverlay, a special situations private equity firm. Prior to joining Cloverlay, Omar worked at various other global alternative asset managers. Omar is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of NY.

Omar enjoys traveling, experiencing other cultures, sports, and cooking. His most important role in this world is being a husband to his wife and a father to his three young children.

Safaa Ibrahim – Vice President, Co-Founder

Safaa is a non-profit institutional development leader.  Her early career path emerged as a project manager in web solutions. As she committed her leisure time towards community volunteerism, she searched for an altruistic purpose in her vocation and shifted focus towards the advancement of civic and social non-profit causes.

Safaa has served six non-profit organizations, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations-California (CAIR-CA), Islamic Center of Santa Cruz, GiveLight Foundation, Family Network, Egypt Cancer Network and Averroes Institute.  She’s held a wide-range of roles that spanned from Board President, to Treasure, Executive Director, Operations Director, and Programs Director.

With a over two decades of combined experience in the private and public sector, She has harnessed a blend of innovative, organizational and strategy focused approaches to achieve vital long-term health for organizations seeking to solidify their infrastructural and institutional framework.  Safaa is passionate about bringing together diverse resources to mobilize a community and to expand the capacity of nonprofits to deliver service and value.

Michael Ramos-Lynch – Member, Legal

Michael studied Education Policy at Brown University and went on to teach high school English in Dallas, TX through Teach For America. Michael has always had a passion for initiatives that prioritize social good. He followed this passion to Stanford University where he graduated with a joint degree in law and “Management Science & Engineering.” Michael now uses his experience having worked at a venture capital fund, non-profit legal aid services,  and large corporate law firms to help grow his own startup juice company ( as well as serve as legal counsel to other startups through his legal practice at Michael always tries to encourage and support social entrepreneurship initiatives, which is why the juice company he co-founded donates a meal to a child in need for every bottle they sell.

Michael enjoys anything outdoors and loves to travel. One of his favorite cities is Istanbul, and he will happily discuss the intricate delicacies of his favorite baklava shops there.

Board of Advisors

If you are looking for opportunities to leverage your skillset and expertise for the American Muslim Fund, please send us your resume and LinkedIn profile!

Basil Hashim – Technology Advisor

Osman Arain – Investment Advisor

*AMuslimFund consulted with Imam Tahir Anwar and Joe Bradford about zakat and overall organizational vision, staying in touch with them regularly.