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Taif Jany was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq. At age 16, he fled the sectarian civil conflict in the country and sought refuge in Damascus, Syria. Jany arrived in the United States at age 18 to attend Union College in Schenectady, New York, where he studied sociology and French. At the Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network, Jany coordinates nationwide projects to effectively impact policy at all levels of government. Jany also provides one-on-one public policy support for YEOs, performs research on cutting edge policy ideas, and serves as the Network’s liaison with strategic partner organizations.
Prior to the YEO Network, Jany was the program manager at the Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC), a nonprofit organization that works one on-one with young people and civil society leaders in Iraq to inform public policy and advocate for long-lasting positive change. At EPIC, Jany designed, managed, and evaluated on-the-ground projects in Iraq and coordinated with international partners to deliver humanitarian aid to vulnerable families in the region. Jany also published weekly reports tracking and analyzing the latest security, humanitarian, and political developments in Iraq. Before EPIC, Jany was an intern at the United Nations, a research intern with Congressional Quarterly, a government relations intern at the Arab American Institute, and a legislative intern in the office of Congressman Keith Ellison.
- Foreign Policy
- US Politics
- Hate Crimes and Violence