CAIR-LA Welcomes New Chapter President

Anaheim, CA: The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) has welcomed Fawad Yacoob as the new president of its executive committee.
Yacoob, an educator by profession, brings years of community service experience and activism to the organization. After serving as a board member for several years, he was elected as vice president and then, last month, as president.
Yacoob is a middle school teacher at Orange Crescent School, the oldest private Muslim school in Southern California. As an educator, he has given presentations on Islam and Muslims to thousands of middle school and high school students in hundreds of schools in California as well as in many churches, temples and synagogues. He has also conducted professional development workshops at state and national social studies conferences.
Yacoob participates in the Institute for Character Education, a program administered by the Orange County Department of Education, which a select group of schools in the county participate in. The program is a national initiative on character education and is funded partly through the US Department of Education.
He is also a member of several professional organizations including the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the California Council for the Social Studies (CCSS), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), and the National Middle School Association (NMSA).
"I am truly honored and humbled to serve CAIR in my new responsibility," said Yacoob. "We must as individuals, families, communities and organizations continue the prophetic legacy of education, social activism and community outreach. I draw inspiration from the words of anthropologist Margaret Mead: 'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.'"


Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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