Zeinab Khalil is a public policy graduate in the Open Society Presidential Fellowship. In 2016, she was the summer fellow for the ACE Electoral Knowledge Project on Arab States at the U.N. Development Program. There, Khalil contributed to developing the long-term strategy for the Arabic component of the online repository, helped establish new partnerships with election-related stakeholders from civil society, and assisted with projects to develop the region’s electoral capacity. Previously, she worked as the director of advocacy and civic engagement at the Arab American Association of New York. In 2014, she founded the Quwa Anti-Violence Program in Turkey, an organizing collective for displaced Arabic-speaking women that combines self-defense training, trauma healing, and political education.
Khalil has an MA in global affairs and public policy from Yale University and a BA in international relations, gender studies, and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Michigan. She is fluent in Arabic and conversational in Turkish.