Executive Director

Selaedin Maksut

Civil Rights Attorney

Nina Rossi, ESQ.

Nina brings a wealth of employment discrimination legal experience to her position as a civil rights attorney for CAIR New Jersey.

Operations coordinator

Dyaa terpstra

Dyaa Terpstra is a master’s student in the Rutgers Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration; he is pursuing an MPA with a concentration in Public Budgeting and Finance. During his undergraduate years, he was an accelerated MPA student and studied Public and Nonprofit Administration, and Political Science. Dyaa served as the Vice President of the Students for Justice in Palestine Chapter and in numerous other campus leadership roles, ultimately undergraduate student body President. He focused on tangible impacts for the student community and was the 2021 recipient of the Paul Robeson Award — the highest honor a student leader can receive. He was appointed to the Jefferson Township Board of Education in 2021 and won reelection for a 3-year term last November. Dyaa previously interned with the district office of Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr., worked on the 2020 Census, and worked on political campaigns where he was most recently campaign manager for State Assembly candidates. In his role at CAIR-NJ, Dyaa focuses on the operational, financial, and administrative functions of the organization. 

Government affairs manager

madina P. ouedraogo

Madina P. Ouedraogo, MPA-PNP is a Burkinabé-American from Newark, New Jersey. She is an alumna of NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service where she earned her Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management & Policy (MPA-PNP) with a specialization in Advocacy and Political Action. She is also an alumna of TCNJ, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology with a specialization in Non-Profit and Community Development and a double minor in Women’s and Gender Studies and African American Studies. Madina’s professional experiences include: the Office of Governor Murphy, ACLU NJ, NYC Gender Equality, League of Women Voters NJ, NAACP NJ State Conference, and the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. As a staunch advocate for social justice, in her role as Government Affairs Manager at CAIR-NJ, Madina seeks to foster meaningful change in the political, advocacy, civic engagement, legislative, and public policy arenas for New Jersey’s diverse and vibrant Muslim community. Madina is an avid reader and enjoys traveling.

Programs manager


Lamia Rashid is currently a master’s student in the Rutgers School of Public Health; She is pursuing her MPH with a concentration in Health Systems and Health Policies. Lamia has spent the majority of her time in undergraduate at Rutgers working with and empowering the ummah both on and off campus. Whether it was serving over 500 Muslim youth as MIST’s logistic chair, serving hundreds of Muslim college students as RU-MSA’s event coordinator, or serving her masjid’s growing community as an Al-Falah board member she has been able to connect with and develop programming for all different ages and interests. In her role at CAIR-NJ, she focuses on developing programming relating to advocacy, organizing, communications, and outreach for New Jersey’s Muslim community. Lamia is excited to serve in her role as Programs Manager for the vibrant NJ Muslim community, and all New Jerseyans of all backgrounds—defending, educating, and empowering everyone!
outreach coordinator


Zaid Hussein is a member of the Islamic Center of Passaic County and has volunteered for the Boys’ Youth Committee for three years. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Montclair State University and is currently completing his Master’s in Social Research and Analysis. His interest in CAIR derives from a passion for human rights and Islamic social principles, as he learned about the stories of Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Zaid is also interested in Psychology and mental health wellness. He loves basketball and jiu jitsu. 


Dina Sayedahmed comes from a wealth of experiences having worked at CBS News, Al Jazeera English, and The Intercept, where she produced news analysis videos presented by Marc Lamont Hill and Mehdi Hasan, respectively. Her work largely covers the Middle East and North Africa, state surveillance, and the various forms of American and European imperialism. The object of Dina’s work has always been to hold the powerful to account, and through her role as Communications Manager at CAIR-NJ, she hopes to work toward tangible improvements in the lives of American Muslims and minority groups. Dina graduated from Rutgers University – Newark with a degree in Political Science and Journalism. 

During her free time, Dina enjoys gardening and practicing Arabic calligraphy.

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