AMANDA QURAISHI is a blogger, interfaith activist and technology professional living in Austin, Texas. She currently works full time for Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a non-profit organization that addresses the issue of homelessness in the U.S. She also leads an populist-based interfaith initiative at InterfaithActivism.org, and is the Principle Web Media Strategist for both BlogathonATX and the Karmally4Texas Campaign.
In 2003 she founded Central Texas Muslimaat, an organization that addresses the unique needs of central Texas Muslim women. Presently she serves on the Board of Directors for Texas Impact, an organization that lobbies the Texas State Legislature on behalf of faith communities; on the board of directors for the American Muslim Health Professionals; and on the Advisory Committee for HOPE for Senegal.
In 2011, Amanda was honored as one of twenty-five people in the state of Texas to receive a Statesman Social Media Award. In 2012 she was featured in Giving City Magazine’s New Philanthropists Issue for her dedication to service-based interfaith activism. In 2013 she was honored with a Dewey Winburne Community Service Award. She is an alumnus of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute housed at the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture.
She blogs about religion, politics, social activism, and Star Trek on her personal blog muslimahMERICAN.com.