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 BlogathonATX.
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 and on the Advisory Board for the Muslim Youth of North America Austin Chapter. She also serves on the Advisory Committee for HOPE for Senegal.
In May 2011, Amanda launched a smartphone app called 365muslim. She regularly contributes her writing to the online journals Tikkun Daily, The Religious Left and ILLUMe as well as blogging about religion and politics on her personal blog muslimahMERICAN.com.
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.