The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) has announced that Madina P. Ouedraogo, MPA-PNP has been named as its inaugural government affairs manager.
“As a staunch advocate for social justice and a proud Burkinabè – American, Black, Muslim woman, I am honored to utilize my skills and talents to serve my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters,” Ouedraogo said. “Through my new role as the government affairs manager at CAIR-NJ, I hope to foster meaningful change for New Jersey’s diverse and vibrant Muslim ummah in the political, advocacy, civic engagement, legislative and public policy arenas.”
CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut commented, “Our office is thrilled to onboard Madina P. Ouedraogo, MPA-PNP, who brings with her a wealth of expertise and knowledge on the intersection of social justice, advocacy, and political action. Madina will help us advance key public policy and legislative efforts here in New Jersey that will help progress the American Muslim community.”
Ouedraogo, MPA-PNP hails from Newark, by way of Burkina Faso, West Africa. She is an alumna of New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she earned her Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management & Policy (MPA-PNP)’ 20 with a specialization in Advocacy and Political Action. She is also a graduate of The College of New Jersey School of Humanities and Social Sciences (TCNJ HSS) ‘18, 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 double minors in Women’s and Gender Studies and African American Studies.
Ouedraogo’s professional experience includes: the Office of Gov. Phil Murphy, the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYC Commission on Gender Equity at the Office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Kasirer LLC, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, the NAACP New Jersey State Conference, and the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.
In addition to her professional experiences, Ouedraogo devotes her time as a volunteer Strategic Compliance Coordinator for the Bayiiri Network, a collective focused on cultivating the next generation of Burkinabé professionals. She is also an avid reader who enjoys traveling. She has travelled to thirteen countries.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
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