Our Board Members
Nadia Hassan, MBA is known amongst her peers as a Social Strategist for young people. A California girl and daughter of US Marine, Nadia is the Executive Director of Young Leaders Institute, a youth leadership platform and network connector that empowers youth toward social entrepreneurship and social innovation. Nadia has an MBA from Bentley University, where she did her thesis in Islamic Finance and Sustainable Economics. In 2011, Nadia founded the Villa Park Peace Coalition (an interfaith peace coalition) to counteract the hate and anti-Muslim bigotry coming from the Tea Party in Orange County. Nadia led The Coalition to a victory which resulted in the defeat of a Villa Park City Council member, who was dismissed from her position as Vice Chairperson of the GOP for her bigoted rhetoric. Nadia’s political activism gained her media attention with numerous media outlets, such as C-SPAN, CNN, USA Today, Al-Jazeerah, Washington Post- and others- as well as board and committee appointees with numerous interfaith organizations. Nadia is currently a media contributor and has appeared on TV / radio shows such as The Heat, Open Lens, Sputnik Radio, and U.S. Arab Radio. As a peace and justice advocate, Nadia uses her national platform to fervently speak out against the systemic racism and the religious intolerance that is currently plaguing our communal and political spheres. Nadia serves on the Prince George’s County Muslim Council and is a National Committee Board Member to the Muslim Caucus of America.
Yama z. azar
Current Positions: Senior Managing Partner, Managing Partner, Regional Director of Surgical & Clinical Services, CEO, COO Dr. Azar received his undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, he furthered his educational endeavors in Cambridge, England earning his MD, MBA degrees at St. Matthews University, and his post graduate studies were completed in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Azar overseas several independent clinics and surgical centers in the Southern California region, Dr. Azar focuses solely on the business development aspect of the medical industry. He currently manages Mosaic IPA and is also the senior managing partner at Physician Associates Medical Group. MOSAIC IPA (INDEPENDANT PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATION) Mosaic is more than just an IPA—it's a powerful network of personal care physicians, specialists and skilled practitioners brought together by a common goal to provide quality healthcare to the underserved and senior populations of California. Our member physicians enjoy the flexibility to operate their practices independently and care for their patients as they see fit while enjoying the increased leverage at the negotiating table that only an organized collective can offer. Mosaic IPA Physicians are Independent primary care physicians. Mosaic IPA, which is a Clinically Integrated Network of primary care physicians and specialists, acts as a third party to negotiate performancebased commercial contracts collectively for its members, under the premise that cost savings and improved patient care outcomes will be rewarded by a performance bonus that would only be achievable by the cooperation of all the participants and the comprehensive coordination of care for the patients. The key function of the organization that maximizes performance is an active and productive Quality and Utilization Management Program that measurably affects patient outcomes. Physicians agree to see patients under certain guidelines or metrics which provide the opportunity for shared savings above and beyond their current fee for-service rates. This structure allows the Mosaic IPA network physicians to provide the highest level of medical care while controlling health care costs.
Lauren is a seasoned public health professional with over 20 years of international development experience. She currently serves as the Branch Chief of the Special Initiatives branch in the CDC’s Division of Global HIV & TB.
Prior to joining the CDC, Lauren had a long and successful career with the United States Peace Corps. Lauren served as the Peace Corps’ first Director of the Agency’s Faith Based Initiative and worked closely with President Obama’s White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Before working in the nation’s capital, Lauren served as the Country Director for Peace Corps Togo, the Director of Programming and Training for both Zambia and Benin, as well as the Associate Peace Corps Director (APCD) for Health and Environment with Peace Corps Benin.
Lauren managed Peace Corps’ largest PEPFAR program and was instrumental in the development of the Saving Mothers Giving Life Endeavor in Zambia and the Global Health Initiatives and PMI partnerships in both Benin and Zambia.
Lauren is a graduate of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she earned a Master’s in Public Health. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Washington and Jefferson College and is a RPCV from Niger (1997-2000). She and her husband Abdourazak Mamane are the proud parents of two fun and lively boys – Caleb and Samuel.
DAMANI K. INGRAM
With over a decade of legal expertise, Attorney Damani K. Ingram manages The Ingram, LLC. Attorney Ingram received a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from the University of Maryland at College Park before receiving his law degree from the University of Baltimore, where he was a member of the Honor Council. Upon graduation from law school, he taught English and served as the Union Representative for the Maryland State Teachers Association.
As both a litigator and advisor, Mr. Ingram is a tireless advocate for his clients. To date, he has negotiated, constructed, litigated and consummated a multiplicity of transactions with notable organizations and personalities in many fields, including professional boxing, MMA, USA Judo, the NBA, business development, and the NFL. Attorney Ingram regularly works with local, state, and federal government, in addition to the many business and personality entities in the private sector. He has represented a multitude of clients within the surrounding Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area and internationally.
Mr. Ingram presents regularly to civic groups and professional organizations. He also serves as legal advisor to notable non-profit organizations with the State of Maryland. Attorney Ingram is a multi-year recipient of the National Black Lawyers Top 100, is recognized a Top Attorney in Maryland and Maryland Super Lawyer. Mr. Ingram is a member of the American Association for Justice, The National Trial Lawyers, The Maryland Association for Justice, The District of Columbia Bar, Maryland Bar Association, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.
DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC ENGAGEMENT FOR THE INSTITUTIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ALLIANCE.
Chelsea Langston-Bombino joined the Center for Public Justice as the Director of Membership and Equipping for the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance (IRFA) in January 2015. In this role, Chelsea focuses on equipping faith-based organizations to advance their religious freedom by living out their faith-based missions, in their public policy engagement, their organizational practices, and through cultivating positive public perceptions.
Before joining IRFA, Chelsea served as Learning Director for Maryland Nonprofits where she was responsible for collaborating with staff, members and key community stakeholders to facilitate educational and capacity building opportunities and collaboration across Maryland Nonprofits’ diverse membership. Prior to that Chelsea served at the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) in Washington, D.C., as Manager of Education and Development.
Chelsea has also served as the Legal Services Manager for Common Ground, a community mental health organization in Michigan called Common Ground and worked as a fellow for the Irish Center for Human Rights in Galway, Ireland. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine's DC campus teaching Nonprofit Management and is also the Early Childhood Ministry Coordinator for Potomac Valley Assembly Church. Chelsea holds a B.A and a J.D from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is a member of the State of Michigan Bar Association. She is married to Josh and lives in Maryland.