Founder of Al Fatih Academy
Hijri - 1390-present (AH); Common Era - 1970-present (CE)
Afeefa Syeed is an American anthropologist and grassroots activist whose career has impacted everyone from politicians and non-profits to schoolchildren. With an education in anthropology and grassroots development, her career began with over two decades of work with NGOs across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. The focus of this work centered on women and gender identity, the role of religious identity in international affairs, and civic engagement. Taking this expertise to Washington DC, she then served as the Senior Advisor at the US Agency for International Development. With this diverse background, Syeed also ran for public office as a democratic candidate for Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in 2003. Syeed is best known, however, for founding Al Fatih Academy. The Academy provides a K-8 education that cultivates a loving and engaged American Muslim identity. The school provides Virginia state standards for core curriculum alongside Islamic studies in an innovative way.