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 currently serves on the board of Amnesty International USA, 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 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 five years, WISE has engaged thousands of participants through its programs with chapters in the US and Europe. Abdelhamid has been featured in the Huffington Post, Elle.com, Mic.com, CBS and PBS. She is currently a second year Masters in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School.