Learn more about people behind AlSadaqa

Salman Zafar - President

Salman has been an active member of the Seattle community. Salman completed his Bachelors in Computer Engineering from McGill University, Montreal in 2002 and joined Microsoft as software engineer. Salman has always been passionate about giving back to the community and over the years have been associated with multiple 501c3 organizations helping people in Puget Sound area as well as causes around the world. Salman joined the AlSadaqa team to help the local families who are in need and over the past few years helped kick off multiple programs on top of the existing programs run by AlSadaqa. Salman is also an active member of The Citizens Foundation who are providing quality education for under privileged kids in Pakistan and board member for American Recreational Cricket League. Salman currently resides in Redmond with his wife and 2 boys.

Abid Masood - General Secretary

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Syeda Kiran F Shah - Treasurer

Syeda Kiran F Shah is the Treasurer at Al Sadaqa organization. She started as a Finance Manager at Al Sadaqa. She received her Bachelors in Business Administration in Accounting from University of Washington with Cum Laude. She has volunteered for VITA program as a Tax preparer and has also volunteered her work at Friends of Youth as an Accounts Payable. She is currently preparing for her CPA exams. She thoroughly understands the importance of community services and its long term benefits and is striving to bring that level of understanding in the community. She has 2 daughters and lives with her husband, Shaharyar Aarbi; who works for Microsoft. She has lived and experienced various cultures by residing in: Pakistan for 9 years; Kenya for 6 years; United Arab Emirates for 6 years; and has been in United States for the past 10 years. Along with her passion in accounting, she has a strong passion for baking and owns her own Custom Cake Bakery.

Ovais Khan - Director

Ovais joined AlSadaqa in 2013 as a Volunteer Case Associate. He did intake for a number of clients that AlSadaqa has supported. Afterwards, he joined the board and still part of it. He is currently focusing on improving the website, case intake system and case management systems. Ovais has been part of other non-profits both as a volunteer and board member.

Jamilah M. - Director of Social Services

If the first decade of the new millennium was any indication, no one is immune from the potential of larger economic and societal forces to wreak unexpected havoc on our families and communities. It’s in such times that nonprofit services are essential to helping those in need, and thereby restoring and strengthening society. I’ve seen the devastation families experienced in communities facing eviction and foreclosures, the helplessness parents felt trying to stretch paychecks to finance their children’s cancer treatment, and the uncertainty young boys and girls voiced not knowing if they’d have food in their homes after school. And I vowed to do my part, first as a volunteer and later as a professional, to intervene. Read more

I joined AlSadaqa in 2015, and my role is to ensure the timely and accurate evaluation of applications for funding, and to advocate for clients’ interests in their petitions for temporary housing, food, or transportation assistance. I bring to this position more than ten years of nonprofit social work, having managed a foundation for children afflicted with devastating illnesses, worked as a case worker on behalf of victims of domestic violence, and served as a teacher and counselor for low-income students and their parents, the majority of whom were immigrants in the process of learning English as a second language. Since I started this position, I’ve streamlined and expedited our application system and instituted safeguards to protect our donors’ generous contributions and ensure all eligible clients receive grants. I’m currently working on growing our funder base, increasing the number of clients we take on, and creating partnerships with other area nonprofits to maximize the collective good we do in our diverse communities.

My educational background in Psychology and Behavioral Studies has equipped me with the technical skills to lend a reliable hand to Seattleites who have fallen on hard times. My passion to this end stems not only from the satisfaction of having helped a single parent afford groceries or a newly arrived refugee pay rent, but also from the most important role in my life—that of a mother who wants her daughter to understand that, for all of us to thrive, it really does take a village.