Major: Public Policy
School: Carnegie Mellon Heinz School of Public Policy
Sponsor: Muslim Community Association of the Bay Area (MCA)
Sahar Momand is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Public Policy and Management at the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon. Previous to attending graduate school, Sahar was an AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow at Girls Incorporated of Lynn, MA. She coordinated college access and mentoring programs, serving around 50 girls from the Lynn School District. Sahar aims to use her Master in Public Policy to be able to continue to work with marginalized groups- including developing and enacting lasting and effective social justice policies.
Sahar was also recently elected to sit on the board of the Muslim Youth Camp, the longest running Muslim camp in the United States. During this summer’s Camp she was the Program Director, coordinated the logistics for the week of classes, community building, and day-to-day operations.
Sahar graduated from Mills College in May, 2011 with a B.A. in International Relations. While in college she participated in the Mills College Model Arab League and Model United National team and was the President of the Mills College Muslim Students’ Association. Sahar interned at the Muslim Public Affairs Council in the summer of 2008. She was a delegate of the National American Muslim Young Leaders Summit and she helped to coordinate the L.A. Muslim Public Affairs Young Leaders Summit. In the summer of 2009, she interned at the Public Forum Institute in Washington, D.C. (Summer 2009), where she helped coordinate Global Entrepreneurship Week. Sahar also participated in the 2010 Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University, which was the stepping stone to pursuing her Master degree in Public Policy.
Sahar graduated in 2015 and is a manager at Playworks Americorps Program.