Meet Our Staff & Volunteers


Zohra Lasania, Program Director 

Zohra has been with the CAIR Pittsburgh since its inception but was away to India for a short period due family and health reasons, but is glad to be back with CAIR again in 2016. Her involvement with the Muslim community of Pittsburgh goes back to 2003, and serving the Muslim community is a passion she holds close to her heart apart from writing. She has been a journalist (in India and U.S.), and a teacher in her past career, and dabbled in volunteer work as ESL tutor, and as a caregiver at a hospice in Victoria, Texas. She is also a freelance writer, and her articles have been published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Islamic Horizons, Muslim Link, and has been an editor of newsletters for MCCGP mosque, and CAIR Pitsburgh, involved in writing, page layout, etc.

With a Master’s in English Literature from India, and her involvement in the MFA in Creative non-fiction writing program with Carlow University of Pittsburgh, she is currently pursuing a degree in Islamic Studies from Islamic Online University (IOU) and intensive Arabic course from Shariah Program of Toronto. She is proficient in 5 languages – English, Urdu, Hindi, Gujarati, French, and can speak and understand Telugu and Burmese. She is originally from India and has been in the U.S. since 20 years. She is passionate about the cause of countering Islamophobia that CAIR is working for, and would like to do her bit in dispelling misconceptions about Muslims and Islam in this country.


Iqbal Ashraf


Syed Zafar


Shahum Ajmal, Junior at The University of Pittsburgh 


Fatima Ahmed, Senior at Carnegie Mellon University