NNAAC Fellow Rani Allan: I want to develop empowering spaces for our communities

NNAAC’s Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program develops crucial leadership skills in select university students and recent graduates across the country through an ongoing partnership with our various member organizations. These aspiring young adults learn more about the issues facing Arab American communities, see how nonprofits are managed and work toward creating a personal professional growth plan.

Get to know Rani Allan, one of our 2016-17 fellows, in our interview with him below.


Rani Allan

Arab American Association of New York | Brooklyn, New York 
CUNY Hunter College, Political Science and Human Rights


Q: Why did you join the Transformative Leaders Fellowship program? 

A: I joined the program because it assists me in developing the crucial leadership skills. 

Q: What personal or professional goals do you want to achieve during this program?

A: I want to learn how I can better serve my Arab community and effectively help empower it. 

Q: How does this program fit into your future plans? 

A: It will lead me to establish stronger, more innovative work. 

Q: Describe yourself in three words. 

A: Activist, Human, Revolutionary 


The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program (formerly the Youth Fellowship Program) increases the capacity of our member organizations to provide additional support to their communities, while at the same time develops crucial leadership skills in the fellows themselves. The program engages college students and/or recent graduates over a nine-month placement with a NNAAC member organization. Fellows are recruited by NNAAC members locally, and in partnership with universities. Learn more.

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