Wardah Khalid is an analyst, activist, and speaker on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, refugees, and Islam in America. She is Founder and President of Poligon Education Fund, a national civic education and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening Muslim American engagement with Congress, and advocates on refugee and immigration issues at Church World Service.
Wardah has significant U.S. government experience working with and advising members of Congress and their staff, the White House, and State Department on the Iran nuclear negotiations and human rights issues pertaining to the Syrian and Israel/Palestine conflicts. She traveled to Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel and provided policy recommendations to Congress and National Security Council staff on settlements and reconstruction issues, based on her observations. Her UN efforts include consulting for UN CTED on lone wolf terrorism as well as field work with UNRWA in Jordan, UNDP, and the Permanent Mission of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in New York.
Wardah's writing and commentary has been featured in outlets including the Washington Post, CNN, The Guardian, NPR, US News & World Report, Al Jazeera America, and Haaretz. She is the author of the “Young American Muslim” blog for the Houston Chronicle and previously hosted the show "Reality Check" on One Legacy Radio. Wardah was featured on ABC's Nightline as one of the country's top millennial activists.
Wardah holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, focused on Human Rights/Humanitarian Policy and Middle East Studies. Additionally, she is a CPA and received a BBA and MS in Accounting from Texas A&M University.