Shireen comes to the Security & Rights Collaborative having led organizational transformation, resource development, and program management at several nationally recognized nonprofits. Most recently, she was Executive Director at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding in Washington, DC. Her focus was on improving the understanding of issues and policies impacting the Muslim community in the media and among policy makers and on developing strategic partnerships. She is also a board member of Slim Peace Groups, an organization that brings together Jewish and Muslim women for common goals of developing healthier eating habits, empowerment and relationship building. In 2013, Shireen was recognized as a White House "Champion of Change" for her work as an Asian American woman leader. She holds a B.A in Human Development from Boston College and a M.A. from the School of International Service at American University where she focused on public diplomacy and U.S. relations with the Muslim world.
Lindsay Ryder joined the Proteus Fund staff in 2012, bringing experience in international and domestic human rights and civil liberties. As SRC Program Officer, Lindsay develops and implements a multi-faceted grantmaking strategy to support grassroots advocacy, communications advocacy, collaboration and leadership development within a diverse and intersectional field of racial justice, civil liberties and human rights advocates. Prior to joining the Proteus Fund, Lindsay worked as a Legal Associate at Alliance for Justice, where she performed legal research on complex state and federal issues, monitored legislation, and developed resources and training materials to support progressive nonprofit organizations engaged in advocacy. Lindsay holds a BA in Psychology from New York University, and a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School, where she was the recipient of an International Human Rights Fellowship and Class of 2010 Public Service Award.