December 2020 Newsletter
2020 Annual Report
2020 has been a difficult year in so many ways. Individuals, institutions and communities at large faced unprecedented challenges amid global health and economic crises. Although IMAN Associates had to pivot and adjust to the new norms, its mission remained relevant and vibrant during an election year. We are delighted to bring you the 2020 Annual Report that highlights our impact in the past year.
Our heartfelt thanks go to each and every board member, volunteer, donor, event attendee, social media follower and community member who contributed to the success and helped the organization drive meaningful impact. Truly, it takes a village to bring change and we are grateful to all of you for playing an instrumental role in this journey.
2020 Year in Numbers
Every year, we bring you an infographic that shows our impact in numbers in our three key areas: Influencing Public Policy, Mobilizing the Muslim Vote and Community Engagement.
The organization’s search for its first in-house lobbyist has finally come to an end! We are excited to announce that Mr. Hazem Bata has joined our team and will represent IMAN Associates and the Muslim community at the Statehouse. We are delighted to introduce Mr. Bata to you with this short bio:
Hazem Bata is the CEO of Trureal USA, a start-up company that raises funds for nonprofit organizations.
He is the former Secretary General and CEO of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the former executive director of the Counsel on American-Islamic Relations (Orlando). Hazem also started his own law firm and practiced in real estate and transactional work. He later became general counsel for Haven Trust Bank Florida and worked with Bank of America.
Concerned with the spread of the "Unmosqued" phenomenon and general lack of interest in Islam among newer generations, Hazem left his legal career and joined ISNA. He hopes to refocus the organization on strengthening mosques, making them more relevant to more Muslims, and ensuring they are an impetus for advancing the American Muslim community.
Hazem received a B.S. in mechanical engineering (with honors) and J.D. from West Virginia University. He also received an LL.M. in intellectual property from Washington University in St. Louis.
Hazem lives in Indianapolis with his super-lovely wife, Rayhana, and two adorable sons, Imran and Ibrahim.
Mr. Hazem Bata can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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