Advisory Board


 AMVOTE PAC Advisory Board
Dr. James Zogby, PhD-President/Founder of  Arab-American Institute (AAI), a Washington based political and policy research arm of the Arab American Community; Director of Zogby Research;  Member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and co-chair of DNC’s Resolutions Committee and Chair of DNC’s Ethnic Council;  U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
 A. Robert Abboud-President of A. Robert Abboud & Co. Past-President and C.O.O. of Occidental Petroleum Corp. Past-Chair of  First National Bank of Chicago, First City Bancorp of Texas, and ACB International, Ltd.

Robert G. Abboud-President and CEO of RGA Labs, Inc. B.S./M.S  Nuclear Engineering from Purdue and Northwestern. Served on various governmental energy based commissions. Past Village President of Barrington Hills; Past Democratic nominee for United States House of Representatives.

Thomas G. Abraham-CEO, iAM Enterprises, Miami, FL, Chairman of the Abraham Foundation, Board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis

Sam Abuaqel-Small business entrepreneur and commercial/residential real estate developer in Chicago area; Commissioner and Treasurer of Special Service Area #63 – City of Chicago.

 

S. M. (Shafic) Budron, Ph.D-President and CEO of the Allied-Design Group; Past-President of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC);

Jamil Bou-Saab-Executive V. P. & Co-Founder of TERRA Engineering, Ltd. in Chicago, Illinois. Award winning civil engineer, recognized expert, author, and lecturer;  Board member of University of Illinois/Chicago Children’s Hospital. Past Vice President of the Arab-American Business & Professional Assn of Illinois. B.A./M.S. Marquette University

Amir Darwish-President at the Athlete’s Foot. Member of the Executive Board of the Arab-American Business and Professional Association, President of  Coalition of Palestinian American Organizations. Graduated of the University of Illinois/Chicago.

Khaled J. Elkhatib, Esq. J.D.-Founder of Elkhatib Law, LLC; Past-President of Arab American Democratic Club; Chairman of Mayor Daley’s Arab Advisory Council; Vice President of American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; Commissioner of City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations; Member of Arab American Bar Association

Dr. Anton Fakhouri, M.D.-Board Certified Orthopoedic Surgeon, Clinical Professor, and  Past-President of the Arab-American Medical Association of Illinois,

Ahlam Jbara-Independent Consultant, previous Deputy Director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Interim Director of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago; Board member Arab American Action Network, CAIR-Chicago, Project AIM; leader in the Arab and Muslim community.

Vivian R Khalaf, Esq. J.D.-Managing Partner at Khalaf & Abuzir, LLC (Immigration JD).  Graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1991; Executive Committee Member of the Arab-American Business and Professional Association.

Zubair Khan, Esq.-Partner and Founder at Trivedi & Khan; Treasurer (former President), Muslim Bar Association of Chicago; Member, Board of Education of Community Consolidated School District 15 (Palatine, IL); Chairman, Diversity Committee, Northwestern Suburban Bar Association.

Michael Mufarreh-Past President of the American Federation of Ramallah Palestine. Former Chairman of St. George Orthodox Church Parish Council.

Anthony J. Nasharr, Esq.  J.D.-Managing Director/Chicago of Polsinelli PC, a national law firm of 750+ lawyers; Advisory Board of Arab-American Bar Association/Illinois;  Board of Directors of Multilaw Ltd, a London based multinational association of 80 full service business law firms across 72 countries; Executive Board of Rush Associates Board/Rush University Medical Center.

Mohamad Nasir-Executive Director of Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, President of the American Islamic Economic & Finance Institute, General Manager of the Iman Fund, Board Member of the Arab-American Business and Professional Assoc.

Sameer Nubani-CEO of Nubani Distributors Inc., the largest confectionery liquidator in the United States,  headquartered at 150,000 sq. ft warehouse in Bellwood, IL.  He is an affiliated donor with Rise Up! Islamic Relief USA, Salvation Army, Greater Chicago Food Depository,  Feeding America and the ASPIRA Association. He sits on the Board of  Arab-American Business and Professional Assoc.

Camille Odeh-Advocate for community and policy change; social worker and adjunct faculty Chicago State University; former executive director of Southwest Youth Collaborative.

Talat Othman-Founder and President of the Arab-American Business and Professional Assn., Immediate Past President of ALSAC, the fundraising and governing arm of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN.

Ramon O’Shana-Chair of the “Ways and Means Committee” of  Assyrian American National Federation, Director and Founder of the Assyrian Athletic Association, Active in Assyrian Radio and Television.

Dr. Hareth Raddawi, MD, FACP.-Clinical Professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, award winning teacher and author,  Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology,

 

Anthony Shaker, Esq. J.D.-Past Chairman of the fundraising arm of St. Jude Children Research Hospital known as ALSAC, the “American Syrian Lebanese Associated Charities”; Past Chairman of Church Board at Our Lady of Lebanon Catholic Church. He is the  President of Shaker Management Company, founded in 1975, a full-service real estate  investment/management firm, headquartered at the Shaker Building @ Marion and Lake in Oak Park, Illinois.

Joseph G. Shaker, Jr.-Past Chairman of ALSAC Board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis TE. He is chairman of the board and past president of Shaker Recruitment Advertising & Communications, Inc. a top recruitment advertising agency in the United States for over 60 years.

Edward Shishem, Esq. J.D.-Partner, Shishem & Bailey, President of the Arab-American Bar Association of Illinois and founding board member.

Dr. Talal Sunbulli-Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, Founder of GI Associates, Affiliated with  Advocate Christ Medical Center and Palos Community Hospital

Hon. Ihsan Sweiss-Consul General of Jordan, Emeritus Board Member of the Arab-American Business and Professional Association

Akram Zanayed, Esq., J.D./C.P.A.-Zanayed & Assoc., Past Chairman of the Board of United Trust Bank of Bridgeview and Founding Treasurer of the Arab-American Bar Assn. of Illinois. 

 

Richard Means, Esq. J.D. – Election Attorney-Acclaimed Election Law Expert and Public Interest Litigator, Past Chair of Election Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, author of the Handbook on Illinois Election Law, Mr. Means has represented candidates, political organizations, governmental entities, unions, and business organizations in election law matters and in public interest litigation.

Mary Kay Dawson – Political Consultant-Mary Kay Dawson is a long time public affairs expert and political consultant in Chicago, Illinois. Dawson has provided political counsel to elected officials throughout Illinois,  and understands the workings of government in Chicago and Cook County as well as in Springfield.

Emil D. Haddad, Jr. –  Political Consultant-President of Central Newspaper Representative and Publishers, Arab-American Business & Professional Assn., St. Jude Children Research Hospital Public Relations Committee, Our Lady of Lebanon Board; York Township Committeeman; Chair, Elmhurst Police and Fire Board.

Najua Azzami (J.D.-2017) –  Executive Assistant