AIA WANTS ALL AMERICANS to perceive, and connect with, Muslims as they are: People who see America as a beacon of freedom, of hope for the future, of healthy and stable communities, and of prosperity for families; and people who commit to America and its values, as have their fellow immigrants throughout American history. We wish all other Americans to recognize their Muslim neighbors as industrious, inclusive, and often highly educated contributors to the nation from its very earliest days, and to welcome American Muslim friends, neighbors and colleagues who share fundamental values and our uniquely American inclusiveness, and concern about the threat of violent extremism worldwide. But American Muslims must first control the narrative and communicate what Islam stands for, and replace current myths and fear with knowledge, understanding, and shared good will. To do this, we must
- Highlight and empower Muslim outreach, individual and group, into a chorus of voices in explanation and support of mainstream Islam;
- Integrate our lives and activities, individual and group, into routine American life, adding the true Face of Islam to our shared national story, and
- Inform, empower, and mobilize an American Muslim leadership and activist base, especially a youth base, across the National Capital region, and then nationwide.
Robert Marro — A retired Senior Foreign Service Officer with long experience living and working in the Muslim world, Marro has been a Trustee of the ADAMS center since 2009 and chairman of ADAMS government relations and interfaith committees since 2002. He has designed and managed many civil and interfaith outreach programs for ADAMS and has develops a wide network of media contacts. He has frequently presented the programs on Islam on various TV news programs regarding Islam and Muslims in America.
Media and Communications Outreach Director
Rob Leggat — A senior vice president with Goddard Gunster, Leggat has many decades of experience with media and communications, and has managed many grassroots campaigns on issue advocacy for Goddard. He has extensive international media and Public Affairs experience as a vice president of both General Motors and Walmart. He is an expert on the development of both traditional and social media strategies aimed at the youth demographic, and especially the analytical research needed to craft dynamic and persuasive messages for various specific issues.
AIA Steering Committee
With representatives of ADAMS, the Muslim Association of Virginia, and Masjid Muhammad in Washington (“The Nation’s Mosque”), the AIA steering committee brings a broad expertise in all forms of media, civic and interfaith outreach. Each is responsible for highly successful programs that are already models for mosques and associations nationwide.
We have discussed AIA with the following individuals/groups and received verbal commitment of their support and participation in the Leadership Circle (Board of Advisors):
All Dulles Area Muslim Society Muslim Association of Virginia
Masjid Muhammad (Washington DC) Shirleygate Mosque Temple
Rodef Shalom Beth Chaverim Synagogue Washington Hebrew Congregation
Universalist Unitarian Church (various) Christian Fellowship Church
Pastor Joan Bell Haynes Foundation For Ethnic Understanding
American Jewish Committee Interfaith Clergy Group of Loudoun
Global Peace Foundation Shoulder to Shoulder
American Muslim Institution International Institute of Islamic Thought
Sterling Management Company Ambassador Osman Siddique
VA Delegate (Emeritus) David Ramadan NAACP Loudoun
NAACP Fairfax CASA in Action
Voices of Vietnamese Americans Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool
World for All Foundation MUFLEHUN
Other Businesses or Executives Muslim American Citizens Coalition/Public Affairs Council
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