By increasing the number of Arab Americans working in the public service sector, the Arab American Leadership Fund (AALF) will help strengthen the political power of the Arab American community, ensuring that federal agencies and policy makers are reflective of our community and its related needs. This fund will also empower young Arab Americans and create networking and mentorship opportunities, leadership development workshops, and conversations with Arab American leaders, their allies, and others serving in key public policy positions. The AALF will allow young Arab Americans to gain a complex understanding of the federal government, the legislative process, and how to shape policy in their ultimate professions. We seek to create a network of AALF fellows that have a deep passion for engaging in public policy.
About the fund
The AALF — established by lifelong policy and advocacy champions, Brenda Abdelall and Rima Meroueh — increases access for Arab American youth by funding summer internships in federal government agencies, Capitol Hill, and in other key public service institutions in Washington, D.C.
The AALF seeks to:
- Increase the number of Arab Americans engaged in federal public policy;
- Create networking opportunities between Arab American youth and experienced public policy professionals; and
- Produce a pipeline of Arab Americans with strong public policy experience