Current CAIR-Philadelphia Staff
Jacob Bender brings to CAIR-PA decades of activism promoting mutual respect and understanding between Muslims, Christians, and Jews around the world, and on behalf of peace and justice movements in the U.S. He additionally has a long resume of professional accomplishments in the field of communications for both nonprofit and corporate clients.
Jacob has been extensively published about Muslim-West relations, as well as the Israel-Palestine Conflict, in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Jordan Times, The Gulf News, El Pais, and The Daily Star of Beirut. Read Full Bio…
Civil Rights Attorney
Ryan brings to CAIR-Philadelphia a deep commitment and passion for securing justice for marginalized communities. Upon graduation from Temple Law School, Ryan worked as an Assistant Defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, one of the nation’s leading Public Defender offices. As a trial attorney for one of the nation’s largest Public Defender offices, Ryan became proficient in trial advocacy skills through zealously advocating for thousands of clients. Ryan litigated hundreds of cases in an effort to combat the institutionalized racism that permeates the criminal justice system in the United States. Read Full Bio…
Leena has worked with CAIR-Philadelphia since its founding in 2004, first as volunteer and later as our indispensable Operations Manager. Her continuity and dedication has made her our archivist and the collective memory of our chapter, while her technical brilliance and calmness under pressure has kept the office running smoothly, even at the most challenging of times.