Our Team

Board of Directors

GriggsImam Khalid Griggs is the Imam of the Community Mosque of Winston-Salem (NC), a position he has held for 25 years. Since February 2010, he has also functioned as the Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life at Wake Forest University. He was a public school administrator for 13 years and former Editor of Message Magazine. Imam Khalid Griggs is a national lecturer, peace and community activist, and serves as Chairman of ICNA Council for Social Justice, a Strategy Team (Board) Member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County-based community organization CHANGE, (Citizens Helping All Neighbors Gain Empowerment), and prisoners rights advocate and volunteer. He is the former North Carolina Co-chaiman of the National Black Independent Political Party, Co-convener of Black Leadership Roundtable of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, and Producer/Host for 12 years of Community Access Television program, Vision: The Voice of Islam in the Triad.

MannanDr. Arif Mannan (M.D.) is a board certified Pediatrician by profession and currently working in a private practice in Glen Burnie, Maryland. He is a graduate of Dow Medical Karachi, Pakistan and finished his Pediatrics and Neonatal critical care training from Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Mannan is a member of general assembly (MGA) of Islamic Circle of North America and volunteers for WHYISLAM outreach activities.


Salman Syed works as a Systems Engineer in Greater Los Angeles Area. In the past, he served in different social and outreach projects of ICNA in Southern California. In the past he was associated with various social projects such as NSS (National Social Service of India, to promote education among the underprivileged). He holds a bachelor in civil engineering and a M.S in Geomatics engineering. His academic interests includes various aspects of behavioral psychology, Macroeconomics, Globalization, and Monetary/fiscal policies.


Executive Director

BukhariDr. Zahid Bukhari is the Executive Director of ICNA Council for Social Justice. Previously, he worked as Director of American Muslim Studies Program (AMSP) at the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. From 1999-2004, he also worked as Director, Project MAPS: Muslims in American Public Square, which examined the role and contribution of the Muslim community to the American public life. Dr. Bukhari’s research interests focused on Islam in the West; Muslims in America; religion and politics; and religion, humanitarian aid and development. He is also editor of the Project MAPS volume: Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square: Fears, Hopes and Aspirations; and the CIPP volume: Observing the Observer: The State of Islamic Studies in American Universities. Dr. Bukhari has a Masters in Economics from the University of Karachi, Pakistan and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut, USA.

Director of Communications & Outreach

RameezRameez Abid graduated from George Mason University in 2008 with a B.S. in Information Technology. He also graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Islamic Studies from Islamic Online University. Rameez worked in the I.T. field from 2008-2014. In 2014, he became Director of Communication & Outreach for ICNA’s Council for Social Justice. Rameez initially joined ICNA as a volunteer in 2008 on various projects including as a community organizer and fundraiser. He served as the Youth Coordinator for two years and then as the president of the ICNA Mosque in Alexandria, VA for two more years before joining ICNA-Council for Social Justice in 2014.

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