Zainab Chaudary, Senior Media Associate in the Security and Rights Collaborative, brings nearly a decade of communications, policy, and outreach experience to the ReThink team, with a focus on protecting the civil rights and liberties of all Americans. Zainab coordinates, trains, and assists member organizations and coalition groups with effective communications strategies, the monitoring and auditing of news coverage, and rapid response to breaking news and social media trends.
Zainab joined ReThink after five years on the staff of Congressman Rush D. Holt (D-NJ), where she built relationships with Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities, and led coalition engagement initiatives in the fight for civil liberties. Prior to that, she was the Civil Rights Coordinator for CAIR-NJ. In addition to her extensive Hill experience, Zainab served as National Communications Director for the Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals (CAMP) from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as a steering committee member of the NJ Democratic State Committee's South Asian Caucus and of the Eagleton Institute of Politics' annual "Ready to Run" conference. She is also currently serving a two-year term on the board of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT).
Zainab holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, the oldest university in Germany. She is a bibliophile and a blogger, a polymath and a polyglot, and she enjoys geeking out over everything from space exploration to superheroes!