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Immigrant affairs official in NYC


Mayor Michael Bloomberg has appointed Fatima Shama, one of his education advisers, as head of the city’s immigrant affairs office.

Shama was born in the Bronx to immigrant parents: Her mother is Brazilian; her late father, Palestinian.

I wrote about Shama a few years after the World Trade Center was destroyed, when she and other Muslims formed a group called Muslim Voices For Peace to confront the repercussions of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Here is her bio from the WISE Web site — Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equity.

Fatima Shama was born and raised in New York City. Her mother, a Brazilian-Catholic and father, a Palestinian-Muslim immigrated to the US in the early 60’s. Fatima became actively involved with American-Muslim organizations promptly after September 11th. Fatima’s passion for Islam is steadfast and her commitment to creating a society where differences are celebrated remains strong. Fatima joined the Bloomberg Administration in early 2006 and works in the area of education and community development for the Mayor’s Office. Her specific focus is on health literacy. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Fatima was the executive director of a health coalition in Brooklyn. Fatima has worked in the areas of economic and workforce development, international health and human rights, and immigrant rights. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Binghamton, attended Temple Law School in Philadelphia, and completed the Executive Management Program at Columbia Business School’s Institute for Nonprofit Management. In 2005, Fatima was a United Way of New York City Senior Fellow. She is currently completing her Masters in Public Administration at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs. Fatima lives in New York City with her husband Ziad Mansouri and their son, Samir.

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Noreen O'DonnellNoreen O'Donnell For the last 20 years, Noreen O'Donnell has written about Hillary Clinton's run for the Senate, rebuilding Ground Zero, the Korean immigrants who travel north each day from Queens to work in nail salons, deadly runaway fire trucks and other stories in Westchester and Putnam counties. Now she's a columnist.

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