CAIR-WA is led by a unique and diverse group of courageous, hardworking and talented people. The staff, board, interns and volunteer activists – including pro bono attorneys – have distinct roles but work toward the same goal: to advance the mission of CAIR-WA. Every person affiliated with the organization brings with them a commitment to creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment.
CAIR-WA staff and interns comprise some of the most passionate people in the region who are working every day to empower American Muslims.
Meet our Staff
Jasmin Samy, Civil Rights Director
Jasmin Samy is Civil Rights Director at CAIR-Washington State, a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.
She is deeply passionate about extending CAIR-WA’s work to reach thousands more than ever before, especially to children and families across the state.
She frequently speaks on topics including knowing one’s rights, and manages a team of more than four staff and interns who manage over 400 complaints per year. She is an expert in American Muslim civil rights, rule of law, and international human rights.
She holds a law degree from Faculty of Law at Cairo University and a Master of Laws from Indiana University.
Prior to joining CAIR-WA, she was an attorney and human rights advocate for over 15 years.
Ms. Samy has a passion for squash as a sport and was a top player as a junior and continues to play regularly.
Sarah Stuteville, Media & Outreach Director
Sarah Stuteville is Media & Outreach Director at CAIR-Washington State, a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.
Before joining CAIR-WA Ms. Stuteville served as co-founder and education director at The Seattle Globalist. She spent almost a decade reporting from around the world including Pakistan, Syria, Northern Iraq, Russia, Ukraine, Ethiopia and Kenya. In 2015 she won “Educator of the Year” from the Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington for her work teaching youth, undergraduate and graduate journalism courses and community workshops. For five years she wrote a weekly column on international connections in the Pacific Northwest for The Seattle Times and The Seattle Globalist.
Megan Fair, Civil Rights Assistant Manager
Megan Fair is Civil Rights Assistant Manager at CAIR-Washington State, a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.
Ms. Fair obtained her BA in Peace and Conflict Studies and Non-Profit Management from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC in 2010. While at Guilford College Ms. Fair was a Quaker Leader Scholar.
Ms. Fair also completed the School for International Training’s Modernization and Social Change program in Amman, Jordan in 2009. She currently serves on Field Committee and General Committee for the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker lobby in the public interest based in Washington D.C.
Prior to joining CAIR-WA, Ms. Fair served as Operations Manager for a community based refugee resettlement agency in Greensboro, NC.
Jim Maher, Civil Rights
Jim Maher is a Civil Rights Team member at CAIR-Washington State, a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.
McKenna Lux, Civil Rights
McKenna Lux is a Civil Rights Team Member at CAIR-WA.
Prior to joining the team at CAIR-WA, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a French minor from University of California, Santa Barbara. She continued to earn a Master of Arts in International Relations from Leiden University in the Netherlands.
Varisha Khan, Communications Coordinator
Varisha Khan is the Communications Coordinator at CAIR-Washington State, a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.
Born in Dallas, Texas to a middle-class American Muslim family and raised in Woodinville, WA, Ms. Khan received her BA degree from the University of Washington in Communication⏤Journalism and Political Science in 2017.
Ms. Khan has been called “a political leader and media pundit” by The Seattle Globalist, and has been featured in NBC News Asian America, CBC Radio, NPR, The Seattle Times, the Seattle Met magazine and other local and national publications about politics, intersectional issues of Islamophobia, xenophobia and racism, and making it clear that Black Lives Matter.
During the 2016 presidential cycle, Ms. Khan was elected to serve as both one of the youngest Presidential Electors in the historic Electoral College and one of the youngest National Delegates to represent voters from WA State’s 1st Congressional District.
As an award-winning journalist, she developed a journalistic beat on issues pertaining to race, immigrants, communities of color and American Muslims in the greater-Seattle area.
She enjoys good barbeque, Sunday night football, traveling and writing.
Meet our Interns
Noor AlSaleh, Civil Rights Intern
Noor AlSaleh is a Civil Rights Intern at CAIR-WA.
Noor was born and raised in Kuwait City, Kuwait. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies. Her research focuses on why and how citizenship is used as a tool for political governance and control in the Arabian/Persian Gulf, from the colonial pre-oil era up until modern times. She studied Government and Hebrew at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and received her MA in International Politics at New York University.
Yoko Gardiner, Office Assistant
Yoko was born in Japan and was raised in the Seattle area. She earned a B.A. in French from Linfield College, a Liberal Arts college in McMinnville, OR., and studied abroad in Angers, France for six months.
Izdihar Bailey, Government Affairs
Izdihar Bailey is a Government Affairs Team member at CAIR-Washington State, the local chapter of CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.
In her role at CAIR-Washington, she schedules lobbying events statewide to develop results-focused relationships between American Muslim families, children and youth, and their government leaders to ensure that government officials take action and truly represent their communities’ interests.
She is an American Muslim, a U.S. citizen and a registered voter.
Izdihar’s sense of punctuality and responsibility come from her upbringing in a U.S. military family. Her father served as Nuclear Mechanic Chief in the United States Navy for 22 years and deployed to various U.S. Naval bases worldwide, her mother was a Corpsman at the Bremerton Naval Hospital and her step mother was an Officer in the United States Air Force.
Her family taught her strong moral values and to be accepting of others. She is the first in her immediate family to attend university.
3 years ago, Izdihar converted to Islam and also moved to Seattle. As a convert to Islam, continuously learning more about her faith, she is struck with a sense of responsibility to also share the beauty of Islam with our fellow Americans through education and advocacy.
As someone who has lived life without Islam and is now empowered by Islam, she believes her life experience allows her to create stronger link of communication with fellow Americans of all faiths.
She currently attends college, pursuing Bachelor's degree in Political Science, with a focus on war and conflict. She is passionate about getting American Muslim families, children and youth to take concrete actions by becoming more involved in the civic process – by lobbying lawmakers, running for local school boards and other elected office and other ways – in order to create a better society for themselves, their families and children.
Izdihar hopes to become a diplomat to have a lasting positive impact on the world.