Salaam, I’m Nausheena
I’m a social justice activist here to amplify the voice and power of My Muslim sisters. I invite you to join me and, together, let’s make the world a better place.
Nausheena Hussain is the co-founder and Executive Director of a new platform to empower women in her community known as Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment. She is dedicated in building a movement to address leadership development, increase community engagement, and create a philanthropic legacy for change.
Her career started out at UnitedHealth Group, working as a Sales Administration Manager for a preventive care model servicing nursing home residents known as EverCare. She then moved into the world of consumer electronics and worked for Best Buy in multiple capacities including loyalty marketing, direct marketing and multicultural marketing. This led her to finding her purpose in life and transition into the nonprofit sector. Nausheena served as the Deputy Director for the Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights advocacy group, from 2011-2015. It was during several Pollen events that Nausheena started to dream a vision for Muslim women and launched Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment. Oh, and did we mention she models for Alice Riot? She’s also producing and co-hosting a radio show on AM950!
Nausheena slowly began to realize that power is held by those who show up. So, she began to show up. She shows up in her city as a commissioner, an election judge and a delegate. In 2014, she was appointed as a Commissioner on the Charter Commission for the city of Brooklyn Park. In 2018, she began her service on the Human Rights Commission. She serves as an election judge, was a 2016 Minnesota Delegate to the Democratic National Convention and a 2018 delegate to the Hennepin County Convention.
Because of her unique lived experiences, Nausheena often is at the table where decisions are being made, bring a voice and a different perspective to the conversation. She currently serves on the advisory board for the Women’s March of Minnesota and the MNxMN Conference. Her philanthropic work includes service on the Advancement Committee for the Charities Review Council. Nausheena also served on Headwaters Foundation for Justice Community Innovation and Social Change Fund committees directing where much needed funding should be allocated. Nausheena is a co-founder and Board Secretary of the Brooklyn Park Islamic Center. In 2004, Nausheena co-founded the Muslim Youth Leadership Award and served on its board of directors.
One of Nausheena’s top strengths is that she is a learner. So naturally, she’s always on the path to increase her knowledge and better her skills. Nausheena graduated from the University of Minnesota cum laude in 2003 with her MBA in Marketing and Healthcare Administration. She holds certificates in Executive Leadership from Stanford and Harvard Universities. She is a fellow graduate from the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, Studio/E entrepreneurial program, Rockwood Institute Fellow and is a 2016 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow.
Because of her hard work and dedication, Nausheena has been recognized for her achievements. She was named the 2012 Catalytic Leader by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. In 2016, the Minnesota Women’s Press named her “Changemaker of the Year.”
Nausheena recognizes the importance of self-care, most importantly spiritual self-care. She enjoys reading, traveling, writing, and spending time with friends and family. Married, with two teenagers, she lives in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.