Nadiah Mohajir is the founder and executive director for HEART Women & Girls. For the last eight years, she has led the organization to provide sexual health education and sexual violence awareness programming and advocacy to thousands of individuals, organizations, and campuses across the country. HEART has broken many cultural barriers, raising awareness and advocating for important issues such as sexual and reproductive health, sexual violence, and media literacy. HEART ultimately aims to dismantle the stigma, silence, and systems that prevent individuals from seeking information, healing, and justice. Nadiah has worked in public health and reproductive justice for over ten years in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to research, academics, policy, and community health. Her past work includes projects such as redesigning teen pregnancy programs, improving pregnancy outcomes of low-income women in Chicago, running sex education programming for vulnerable youth, and evaluating innovative cross-sector partnerships in public health. Nadiah has also participated in a number of fellowships, including the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, Germanacos Fellowship, and most recently was selected to participate in NoVo Foundation's Move to End Violence program. She currently serves on the board of directors for the National Women’s Health Network.
Sameera Qureshi holds a Master’s degree in occupational therapy from Tufts University in Boston. In 2008, Sameera was contracted to a mental health capacity building team within the Muslim community in Calgary, Canada. From 2011 – 2015, Sameera led this school-based team to develop and facilitate Islamic sexual and mental health curricula in Islamic schools, mosques, community centers, and collaborating agencies. Sameera joined HEART in 2012 and is the director of sexuality education and training. HEART is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sexual health and sexual violence awareness in Muslim communities through health education, advocacy, research and training. Sameera is incredibly passionate about integrating the fields of research, Islamic spirituality and sexual health into practical capacity building programs that are accessible to Muslim communities. Aspects of this work that are especially meaningful to her include youth and parent education, religious leaders training, sexual dysfunctions, and using an ecological model to working both at the grassroots level and advocating for systems level change, such as institional policies and procedures to prevent violence. Sameera moved from Canada to the Washington, DC area in late 2015, and transitioned into full-time work with HEART in mid-2017. In June 2018, she was honored with the National Women's Health Network's Emerging Activist Award.