About Us

Our Origin Story

Our Research

In 2018, Millions of Conversations (Millions) partnered with M&C Saatchi World Services to conduct qualitative and quantitative research about the most effective ways to reverse these polarizing trends with a particular focus on why a majority of Americans hold anti-Muslim bias.

The study, “Just Like Us,” draws on evidence from focus groups in five states – California, Florida, Mississippi, Ohio, and Texas. This research identified six of the dominant anti-Muslim narratives in today’s culture. A recurring theme was a belief that Muslims are “different from us” and “trying to destroy our way of life.” Structural anti-Muslim bias - found in our legal, cultural, and political institutions - reinforce these dangerous messages. Popular culture also conveys anti-Muslim messaging. To challenge these negative stereotypes, we traveled the country, conducting focus groups in which we asked participants to describe their American values and their vision of the Model American Citizen.

Today, fear is fostered when we view people as different, not like us, and by labeling them as the “other.” “Othering” can cultivate a perceived threat to the American way of life. This fear silences our values of respect, religious liberties, and free speech. When we ask ourselves: How can we change this status quo? How can we reverse the tide of fear, hate, violence and exclusion? We support a thriving, inclusive democracy where people are humanized and narratives that counter toxic rhetoric become the norm.

Meet the Team

Samar Ali

Founding President & CEO

Jason K. Dempsey

Chief Strategy Officer

Elise Burns

Operations Manager

Kenny Andejeski

3142 Program Lead

Laurie Shiers

Director of Content


Clint Brewer

Senior Communications Advisor

Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD

Senior Policy Advisor

Board of Directors

Sabeen Malik

Vice President of Global Government Affairs and Public Policy, Rapid 7

Jessica Johnson

Senior Policy/Fiscal Advisor and Budget Director, Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development

Ret. Col. Ken Robbins

Co-Founder, Millie

Advisory Council

Lori Sostowski

Former Associate General Counsel, Dartmouth College

Rachel Brown

Founder and Executive Director, Over Zero

Fanie DuToit

Senior Fellow, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

Frank Garrison

Senior Advisor, C-III Capital Partners LLC

Salin Geevarghese

President & CEO, SGG Insight, LLC & Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Social Policy

Ryan Harvey

COO, The Ashforth Company

Tyler Krohn

Pediatrician and Entrepreneur

Rania Mallouk

Business Development Director, Lexus and Toyota

Lynne McFarland

Nurse Practitioner (Retired)

Dr. Yaqub Mirza

President and CEO, Sterling Management Group

John Nees


Saud Siddique

Executive, Odyssey Capital

Michael Tackeff

Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Bass, Berry & Sims

Callie Khouri


Rachel J. Thornton, MD, PhD

Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer at Nemours Children’s Health

Todd Tukey

Managing Director for Litigation and Resolution Practice Group, Bass, Berry & Sims

Nizam Uddin

Senior Head of Mosaic and Community Integration, The Prince's Trust

Leigh Walton

Healthcare Lawyer, Bass, Berry & Sims

Dr. Firas Wehbe

Chief Research Informatics Officer, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Yasmine Zaki


Maysoon Zayid

Actress and Advocate

Dr. Adnan Zulfiqar

Associate Professor of Law, Rutgers University

Nadia Abuzaineh

Director Oncology Business Operations, Natera

Fatima Hassan

Associate, White & Case

Mary Tezak

PhD Student, Georgetown University, former Millions Chief of Staff

Ebie McFarland

Founder/Owner, Essential Broadcast Media, LLC

Yasmine Mukahal

Director, Campus Recruiting, HCA Healthcare

Aysha Chowdry

Mohamed AbdelKader

“Truth and accountability sustain peace and belonging.”

Want to join us?