WAW’S ASSOCIATE BOARD
Women for Afghan Women’s Associate Board is driven by young, professional, and dynamic Afghan women who are highly regarded in the community for their grassroots activism and commitment to the cause of Afghan women and girls both in Afghanistan and in the United States. Their character and level of achievement speak to the breadth of their empowerment and their desire to give back to an organization that offers the kinds of services and programs that were critical to the success of their own life stories.
Nasiba is a Senior Mortgage Development Officer for Santander Bank. Nasiba has nearly eighteen years of experience in mortgage sales and operations. She has an extensive background in secondary marketing, and is fully credit and income trained for the most sophisticated of borrowers. Her niche is being able to come up with creative solutions to highly complex credit scenarios, and her clientele spans from first time home buyers in need of CRA/FHA lending to ultra-high net worth individuals. Nasiba is enjoying connecting with other Afghan American women through this leadership group. She is committed to working together to help WAW increase its impact across the US and beyond.
Nawa Arsala Lodin, Associate Board Chair
Nawa is a corporate attorney with Goodwin Procter. She previously worked for the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC, as well as several years for the US Department of Justice’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions section. During her tenure as President of the George Washington University’s Afghan Student Association, Nawa organized several successful events for Afghanistan, including a walk-a-thon with Women for Afghan Women (WAW), a baby formula drive with the US-Afghan Women’s Council and a fundraising launch for the Smithsonian’s Turquoise Mountain exhibit. Nawa is passionate about supporting Afghan women and is proud to be a part of WAW as its Associate Board Chair.
Shala is a Supervising Attorney with Catholic Charities Community Services, South Bronx office, where she handles affirmative and defensive immigration cases from around the world. Previously, she was a Blossom Hill legal fellow and worked with Refugee Rights Turkey in Istanbul, where she provided legal assistance to Iranian asylum seekers in their UNHCR appeals, and Greek Council for Refugees and HIAS in Greece, where she assisted Afghan and Iranian asylum seekers in their registration with the European authorities. She is now a Blossom Hill Thought Partner, where she provides guidance to the next batch of legal fellows. A long-time advocate for marginalized communities, Shala has worked to empower at-risk youth, represent indigent criminal defendants, and has been involved in numerous initiatives with the American Muslim community. She has also worked on a human rights report documenting reconciliation following the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia and anti-poverty projects in Guatemala and Costa Rica. Shala obtained her B.A. in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from NYU and her J.D. from Cardozo School of Law. She is fluent in Farsi, Spanish, and English.
Susan Farooqi Yaqubie
Susan is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of New York, with a concentration in real estate law. While attending St. John’s University School of Law, she served as an Executive Editor for the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development where she published related works on women’s rights in Afghanistan. Previously, Susan served on the board of AIFB, a non-profit organization seeking to enhance the lives of blind individuals in Afghanistan. Susan is committed to community service, advocating for women’s rights and related causes.
At age 12, living in a WAW shelter in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nilab witnessed the systematic marginalization of women by Afghan government and culture. On that day, she vowed to dedicate the rest of her life to advocate for and support women, children, and other marginalized populations. Of course, she did not realize that it would be a while before she could support anyone. With a lot of hard work, as well as support from WAW and generous individuals, Nilab — at age 16 — was able to come to the US, finish High School and college with honors, earning a B.A. in economics and political science from Drew University. Today, Nilab is the Development and Communications Associate at United Neighborhood Houses of New York (UNH). She works closely with the UNH Director of Development to identify potential foundation and corporate donors, as well as writing grant proposals/reports and managing donor communications. She’s also responsible for UNH’s monthly internal newsletter, which goes to UNH Board of Directors and UNH settlement house members. Nilab is thrilled to be able to give back to WAW and contribute to this leadership team.
Fatima was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and at the age of four, she and her family fled as refugees from Afghanistan to Australia. Fatima traces back her experiences of being raised in the projects of Australia and her father’s legacy of educator and social activism as the path which paved the way to philanthropy. Moving to New York City 15 years ago, Fatima found herself naturally gravitating towards education, social justice, and philanthropy. Since her arrival to New York, she has been no stranger to advocacy; working with organizations such as IRAP – the International Refugee Assistance Project, Afghan Hands; a non-profit organization aiming to teach skills to help widows gain independence, literacy and livable wages, and of course Women for Afghan Women. Fatima is a long-time support of WAW, and former staff member, and is thrilled to now serve as an Associate Board member. She hopes to help the organization raise visibility, engage community members, and raise funds.