Maha Elgenaidi is the founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Islamic Networks Group (www.ing.org), a peace-building organization providing face-to-face education and engagement opportunities that foster understanding of Muslims and other misunderstood groups to promote harmony among all people. Maha received an M.A. in religious studies from Stanford University and B.A in political science and economics from the American University in Cairo. She has taught classes on Islam in the modern world at Santa Clara University and the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has been recognized with numerous awards, including the “Civil Rights Leadership Award” from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations, the “Citizen of the Year Award” from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, and the "Dorothy Irene Height Community Award" from the NAACP-Silicon Valley. She’s currently serving on the Council of Advisors for the Freedom Forum that helps shape American views on the First Amendment; the County of Santa Clara's Hate Crimes Task Force; and, the Ethnic Studies Committee of the Alum Rock USD in San Jose.