The Georgia Muslim Voter Project was founded in late 2015, in response to the growing anti-Muslim rhetoric that was prevalent in mainstream politics and the low rates of civic engagement in the Muslim community. The mission of GAMVP is to activate Muslim voters in order to elevate our voices. We stand for equal representation and justice in all forms.
Umer Rupani has been a servant leader, using his skills, experiences, and network to help enhance the communities around him. Part of his experience comes from being the cofounder and Advisory Board President of H.O.P.E. (Helping Organizations and People Everywhere) Inc., an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization, which embodies the values of: awareness, civil society, and community building by connecting local nonprofits with young professionals through interactive and informative events. He is also the Director of Volunteer Experience & Development for a national camp, which he has worked closely with since 2009. His philosophy comes from a personal quote: “Be different to make a difference,” which he uses as a guide to find new and creative solutions − to make notable and lasting impacts. Umer holds a M.A. from The George Washington University with a degree in Organizational Management and a B.S. in Psychology from University of Georgia with a focus on Organizational Psychology.
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Nai immigrated to the United States 17 years ago with his family from Myanmar (Burma) to escape the military dictatorship. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia loving a good Southern BBQ and an ice cold sweet tea. Nai graduated from Berry College with a BA in International Affairs. In 2013, Nai joined the Peace Corps and served as a Community Economic Development Agent in Burkina Faso for 2 years. In Burkina, Nai worked with women’s groups who conducted in micro-credit loan affairs. After returning home from West Africa, he continued working in the Humanitarian sector with the International Rescue Committee in Atlanta. Then in New York City, Nai worked in the Bronx with an organization to prevent Homelessness. In his down time, Nai can be find playing soccer, hiking, biking, or working on a house project.
Nai is very grateful that he is getting the opportunity to join the GAMVP team. He is ready to hit the grounds and explore what great things can be achieved.
Jibril Howard has always striven to give back to his community. He has previously worked as the head of communications for March for Our Lives – Georgia and as an intern in the Public Relations office of the City of Decatur. He is a sophomore international relations major at Goucher College where he participates in student government as a senator and works as a peer educator in the Title IX office.
Ayesha is a first generation Asian-American, whose parents emigrated from Pakistan to the U.S. She graduated from Georgia State University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Journalism and a minor in History.
She went on to intern with Georgia Public Broadcasting’s All Things Considered and later joined National Public Radio as an intern on their business news team. In her role at Georgia Muslim Voter Project she hopes to grow the group’s social media presence and is excited to be helping increase voter turn out within her community.