Here are the people that make our mission possible.

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Our work would be impossible without this team of dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to improve the lives of those in need both here at home and globally. The PAUSA Staff are committed to fighting the injustice of poverty. 

John Robbins

John Robbins
President & CEO

John is a dedicated nonprofit professional committed to achieving scalable and sustainable impact. He joined Penny Appeal USA as its second CEO in 2021.

Shafaq Zia

Shafaq Zia
Chief Programs Officer

Shafaq serves as the Chief Programs Officer at Penny Appeal USA and is the driving force behind our diverse programs.

Dawn Willson
Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Dawn oversees Penny Appeal USA's ensures the company has effective operational and financial procedures in place.

Mostafa Mahboob
Chief Development Officer

Mostafa has been working in the nonprofit sector since 2003. He was previously the Sr. Development Manager at CAIR-LA for more than seven years.

Aymen Abdel Halim
Chief Marketing Officer

Aymen is a marketing and communications professional with over two decades of experience growing corporate and non-profit institutions.

Nadeem Riaz
Major Gifts Officer

Nadeem Riaz is a southern California native who has been working in the non-profit and for-profit industry focused on Muslims for the last 14 years.

Hiba Radwi
Donor Relations Manager

As the Donor Relations Manager at Penny Appeal US, Hiba excited to lead small changes for a big difference and serve donors in their path to give back!

Sarah Hegland
Programs Manager

Sarah helps manage Penny Appeal USA’s many projects around the world. She comes to Penny Appeal after 10 years of working in development and humanitarian aid.

Sa'idah Sudan

Sa’idah Sudan
Domestic Violence Projects Lead

Sa’idah Sudan has worked in a Level I Trauma Center for over 20 years, 10 years as their Certified Domestic Violence.

Maleeha Darab
Marketing Coordinator

Maleeha is a marketing and communications professional with several years of non-profit experience working with organizations that provide wraparound support services for women and children in the DC-MD-VA area.

Fatimah Al Hashimi
Programs Coordinator

Fatimah is Penny Appeal USA's programs coordinator and has several years of domestic and international experience in the non-profit sector. Her passion is to always leave a positive impact and advocate for social change through her efforts.

Simone Davis

Simone Davis
General Accountant

Simone joined Penny Appeal in 2022. She provides accounting support with more than 10 years of experience in the accounting field. Simone started in the accounting field when her father opened a business in Brazil.

Board of Directors

Our Board Directors commit their time, talent, and treasure to ensuring we have the right resources,  strategy and governance structure to serve our mission. Their foresight, oversight and insight enables us to serve our beneficiaries in the best manner possible. 

Rehan Dawer
Board Chair

Rehan is a Social Impact entrepreneur and investor, philanthropist, and transformational leadership mentor to professionals.

Shaun Ahmad
Board Member

Shaun has been with Penny Appeal USA since the beginning and was formerly the Board Treasurer. Shaun is a businessman, investor...

Salma Kazmi
Board Member

Salma holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Wellesley College and a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School...

Prianka Fatima Alam
Board Member

Prianka Fatima Alam has a Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology and is a Deloitte Global Talent & Organizational Transformation...

Naiel Iqbal
Board Member

Naiel Iqbal is an investment professional at Tiger Global Management. He also serves on the Board of Muppies, a global...