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

Remziya Suleyman

Chief Operations Officer

Jason K. Dempsey

Chief Strategy Officer

Christopher Ruiz

Social Media Manager

Elise Burns

Digital Media Manager

Cameron Foster

Program Coordinator

Advisors and Interns

Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD

Senior Policy Advisor

Daniel Collins

Veterans Outreach Coordinator

Lan Phan

Research Intern

Clint Brewer

PR Strategist

Rick Leach

Senior Strategy Advisor

Perry Brimijoin

Senior Development Advisor

Board of Directors

Rabiah Ahmed

President and CEO, Mirza PR

Altaf Husain

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work at Howard University

Jessica Johnson

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

Sabeen Malik

Senior Policy Advisor, Google

Mike Schatzlein

Principle, The Schatzlein Group

Ret. Col. Ken Robbins

Co-Founder, Millie

Advisory Council

Rachel Brown

Founder and Executive Director, Over Zero

Dr. Stacy Davis

Director of Advanced Heart Failure Program, St. Thomas Heart

Fanie DuToit

Senior Fellow, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

Frank Garrison

Senior Advisor, C-III Capital Partners LLC

Salin Geevarghese

President & CEO of SGG Insight

Ryan Harvey

COO, The Ashforth Company

Abdou Kattih

Pharmacist

Tyler Krohn

Pediatrician & Entrepreneur

Kristine LaLonde

Director of Shared Strategy at Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency

Rania Mallouk

Business Development Director, Lexus & Toyota

Lynne McFarland

Nurse Practitioner (Retired)

Dr. Yaqub Mirza

President and CEO, Sterling Management Group

John Nees

Counsel

Ashley Quarcoo

Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Saud Siddique

Executive, Odyssey Capital

Helmut Smith

Martha Rivers Ingram Chair of History, Vanderbilt University

Lori Sostowski

Former Associated General Counsel, Dartmouth College

Michael Tackeff

Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Bass, Berry & Sims

Dr. Rachel Thornton

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Todd Tukey

Managing Director for Litigation & 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

Vera Zakem

Founder and CEO, Zakem Global Strategies

Jasmine Zaki

Attorney

Maysoon Zayid

Actress and Advocate

Dr. Adnan Zulfiqar

Associate Professor of Law, Rutgers University


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