Alexandria, VA – Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) announces the appointment of Sharif Aly as the organization’s new chief executive officer (CEO). Mr. Aly assumed responsibilities on April 2, 2018, succeeding Anwar Khan, who will now serve as President of IRUSA.
Mr. Aly initially joined Islamic Relief USA in 2014 as Advocacy Counsel and has transitioned to CEO. This year, Islamic Relief USA is marking its 25th anniversary.
“I am deeply honored and excited to embark on the opportunity to build on Islamic Relief USA’s 25 years of excellence and lead the organization towards achieving its noble mission of providing humanitarian aid and development in impactful and innovative ways while ensuring that fundamental human dignity is never compromised,” Mr. Aly said. “I cannot imagine a more pivotal time in our country to lead this exceptional faith-based humanitarian organization. While Muslims may face increased hostility and challenges in this uncertain climate, we must never forget or waver from our duty to provide relief to the most vulnerable individuals and communities, both at home and abroad. With a team of highly passionate, talented, and dedicated individuals, I am proud to serve as CEO and lead IRUSA towards its next phase and building on the foundation that our president, Anwar Khan, has established.”
During his tenure at IRUSA, Mr. Aly spearheaded major strategic advocacy campaigns that focused on food security, livelihood programs, refugee resettlement, civil society, and humanitarian access, as well as climate change and environmental policies. Mr. Aly also served as Lead United Nations Representative for the organization. Under his leadership, IRUSA was able to raise record funds and increase its overall programmatic impact for millions of its beneficiaries across the world.
“After an extensive search process, the board is pleased to have found the best individual to assume leadership of Islamic Relief USA,” said Khaled Lamada, chairman of the IRUSA Board of Directors. “Sharif has an excellent track record of effective leadership, both within and outside of IRUSA. With his deep nonprofit and humanitarian sector knowledge, distinct advocacy background, as well as his demonstrated ability to navigate an increasingly complicated environment, we are confident that Sharif is well equipped to successfully lead IRUSA into the future.”
As CEO, Mr. Aly will oversee a dynamic team of executives, senior managers and support staff to carry out IRUSA’s humanitarian programs in the areas of disaster response, international relief and development, domestic social services, as well as major gifts-in-kind programs. He has led major non-governmental coalition efforts to promote and strengthen financial access for civil society organizations.
Mr. Aly’s extensive advocacy efforts and innovative policy initiatives have been instrumental in developing strong strategic partnerships with key stakeholders and maximizing the impact of IRUSA’s humanitarian objectives and programming. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University School of Law, where he also served on the Dean’s Advisory Committee.
Mr. Aly has more than 14 years of experience in a wide range of legal and humanitarian areas, including nonprofit law and management, civil litigation and arbitration, community development and humanitarian sector advocacy. In 2018, the American Red Cross Board of governors appointed him to the organization’s National Diversity Council.
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Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization. Its mission is to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy, and disease regardless of color, race, gender or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Islamic Relief USA aims to provide rapid relief in the event of human and natural disasters and to establish sustainable local development projects, allowing communities to better help themselves. Its programs benefit millions of people each year around the world, including in the United States.
Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Islamic Relief USA is on the U.S. government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.