Rana Abdelhamid has organized around human rights issues with Amnesty International USA for the past eight years on campaigns related to women’s rights, torture and the Arab Spring. She was recently elected as a Board Member for Amnesty International USA and has served on the National Youth Action Committee and served as the Youth Delegate to Amnesty’s 2015 International Council Meeting. Rana is a recipient of the 2015 UNAUSA Leo Nevas Human Rights Youth Award, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the Running Start Rising Political Star Award.
Rana Abdelhamid is also the Founding President of the Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE), a self-defense, leadership and entrepreneurship program for young Muslim women in New York City. Over the past seven years, WISE has engaged hundreds of participants through its programs in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. Abdelhamid has been featured in the Huffington Post, Elle.com, Mic.com, CBS and PBS. She has conducted extensive political science and economics research on the inclusion of Muslim minority communities in New York City and Madrid.Abdelhamid is also the founder of Hijabis of NY, an online social media platform that has over 30,000 followers and regularly shares stories of women who wear the hijab. She is currently a second Masters in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School.