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SMF Celebrates Appointment of Shia Muslim, Noorain Khan, as National Board President of Girl Scouts

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 22, 2023)—The Shia Muslim Foundation (SMF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the rights and welfare of Shia Muslims, is pleased to congratulate Noorain Fatima Khan on her historic appointment as National Board President of the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA). This significant accomplishment marks Khan as the first Muslim American and millennial leader to hold this prestigious position.

A Shia Muslim herself, Khan's rise to the top of one of the world's largest girl-led organizations is an inspiring reflection of the growing influence and positive impact of Shia Muslims in America. The SMF is immensely proud of Khan's accomplishments and believes that her appointment represents a monumental stride in the path toward a more inclusive and diverse America.

Khan's extensive leadership experience in the philanthropic public and private sectors, including her current role as the director of the Ford Foundation's Office of the President, positions her to lead GSUSA with dedication, strategic vision, and a steadfast commitment to girl empowerment.

SMF Executive Director, Rahat Husain, praised the Girl Scouts for their decision, saying, "Noorain Khan’s appointment as the National Board President of GSUSA underscores the organization’s commitment to inclusivity and its recognition of the potential in every girl, regardless of their faith. As a Shia Muslim, Noorain stands as a role model, not just for Shia girls, but for girls across all backgrounds and faiths."

Khan's leadership will undoubtedly inspire a new generation of girls to confidently embrace their identities, skills, and potential, furthering the mission of GSUSA in building girls of courage, confidence, and character. As a National Gold Award Girl Scout, a lifetime member, and a former troop member, Khan's life has been deeply impacted by the GSUSA, making her uniquely positioned to further the organization’s mission.

The Shia Muslim Foundation celebrates this historic achievement and looks forward to the positive changes Noorain Khan will bring to GSUSA and the broader American society. This exciting announcement serves as a reminder of the crucial role of diverse representation in leadership positions and a testament to the invaluable contributions Shia Muslims are making in the American landscape.

The Shia Muslim Foundation is calling for donations to further support initiatives like these that empower Shia Muslims and promote interfaith understanding. Visit here to make a donation.

About the Shia Muslim Foundation:

Founded in 2020, the Shia Muslim Foundation (SMF) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to promote the rights and welfare of Shia Muslims around the world. The organization actively engages in civic advocacy on social and political issues, supports those affected by conflict and discrimination, and promotes understanding and cooperation between different faith communities.



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