Yousef Munayyer, a political analyst and writer, is Executive Director of USCPR. Prior to joining USCPR, he was the executive director of the Jerusalem Fund and Palestine Center and had also served as a Policy Analyst for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).
His doctoral research focused on the intersection between foreign policy and domestic policy and its impact on terrorism and civil liberties. He received his BA in Political Science and History from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and MA and PhD in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.
He frequently writes on matters of foreign policy in the Arab and Muslim world, and civil rights and civil liberties in the United States. His writings have appeared in every major metropolitan newspaper in the United States and many others internationally, as well as online. He is a frequent commentator on national and international media outlets including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NBC, CBS, Al Jazeera English, C-SPAN, and others.
See Yousef’s media appearances here.
Karl graduated from the Evergreen State College in 2014, with a bachelor’s degree in international studies and political economy. He joined USCPR in 2015 after working for the Rachel Corrie Foundation in Olympia, WA.
Prior to joining USCPR, Mike worked at Interfaith Peace-Builders (now Eyewitness Palestine) for more than a decade. Most recently serving as IFPB’s managing director, Mike helped send more than 1,000 people on educational delegations to Palestine and grew IFPB’s programing and revenue. Mike has also worked as a public relations consultant with UNDP in Ramallah, studied Arabic in Damascus as a Fulbright Scholar, and completed a year of intensive Arabic at the American University in Cairo. Mike has led five IFPB delegations and presented at numerous conferences and workshops.
Ramah serves on the board of the Washington Peace Center and is a member of the National Committee of the War Resisters League. She also organizes with the Syrian Solidarity Collective and has been an activist with other organizations including the Arab American Action Network and CODEPINK: Women for Peace. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University.
Leah joined USCPR in 2017, after working with the Friends Committee on National Legislation and organizing with National Students for Justice in Palestine. Leah organizes around racial justice and anti-militarism in DC. She has steered a successful campaign to defeat a youth curfew proposal, helped win increased campus resources to support survivors of sexual violence, and researched the impact of US policy towards Tunisia, Syria, Jordan, and Palestine. She holds a B.A. in American Studies and International Relations from Tufts University.