Executive Director of the Fresh Air Fund
Hijri 1393-Present (AH); Common Era 1973-Present (CE)
Fatima Shama was born and raised in New York City. Her mother, a Brazilian-Catholic and father, a Palestinian-Muslim immigrated to the United States in the early 1960s. Fatima became actively involved with American Muslim organizations shortly after September 11th. Her passion for Islam is steadfast and her commitment to creating a society where differences are celebrated remains strong. Currently, she is the executive director of the Fresh Air Fund, "a nonprofit agency that provides free summer experiences to New York City children from low-income communities." Fatima joined the Bloomberg administration in early 2006 and works in the area of education and community development for the Mayor’s Office. Her specific focus is on health literacy. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Fatima was the executive director of a health coalition in Brooklyn. Fatima has worked in the areas of economic and workforce development, international health and human rights and immigrant rights. She graduated with a bachelors degree from SUNY Binghamton, attended Temple Law School in Philadelphia, and completed the Executive Management Program at the Columbia Business School’s Institute for Nonprofit Management. In 2005, Fatima was a United Way of New York City Senior Fellow. Currently, she is completing her masters in public administration at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs. Fatima lives in New York City with her husband Ziad Mansouri and their son Samir.