Wardah Khalid is a policy analyst, activist, career coach, and speaker on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, refugees/immigration, and Islam in America. She most recently worked on Capitol Hill as an APAICS Congressional Fellow on civil rights, immigration, foreign affairs, and national security issues. Wardah is the Founder and Board President of Poligon Education Fund, a national civic education and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening Muslim American engagement with Congress.
Wardah has significant experience advocating on refugee and immigration policies with faith based NGOs and advising members of Congress, the White House, and State Department on the Iran nuclear negotiations and human rights issues pertaining to the Syrian and Israel/Palestine conflicts. Her UN efforts include consulting for UN CTED, field work with UNRWA in Jordan, and working with UNDP and the Permanent Mission of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in New York.
Wardah was recognized by ABC's Nightline as one of the country's top millennial activists. Her writing and commentary has been featured in outlets including the Washington Post, CNN, The Guardian, NPR, and US News & World Report. She authored the “Young American Muslim” blog for the Houston Chronicle and hosted "Reality Check" on One Legacy Radio.
Wardah is a Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI) Fellow at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, former Scoville Fellow, a 2020 AAPI National Security and Foreign Policy Next Generation Leader by New America and Diversity in National Security Network, and 2020 International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) Fellow.
Wardah holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Additionally, Wardah is a CPA and received a BBA and MS in Accounting from Texas A&M University.