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Meira Neggaz

Executive Director, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
Washington, DC

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Meira Neggaz works to build understanding and protect the rights of American Muslims through research and education.


Meira Neggaz is the Executive Director of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), an organization that conducts objective, solution-seeking research that empowers American Muslims to develop their community and fully contribute to democracy. There, she is responsible for the institution’s overall leadership, representation, strategy and growth. She leads ISPU’s team to conduct and broadly disseminate research on the American Muslim community and issues impacting on it. In this role, she frequently shares research findings and recommendations through media appearances, training workshops, public presentations and targeted outreach to policy makers, media professionals, advocates, community and religious leaders. Before joining ISPU, she worked internationally for more than a decade, leading large scale health and development programs.

Meira holds a BA from Huron University in London, England, a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and an International Health Certificate from Boston University. She was awarded a Slawson/Interaction Fellowship, working with CARE in El Salvador to catalyze implementation of a human rights based approach to development.


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  • Lifestyle & Living

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Discrimination and Bigotry, Youth/Families, US Politics, Hate Violence/Hate Crimes

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