For 15 years, Edina Lekovic has served as a leading voice on the American Muslim community. She is a communications strategist who is best known for her service with the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), where she oversaw government, media and Hollywood engagement as well as leadership development programs. She is a regular voice on leading media outlets, including CNN, FOX News, Huffington Post, NPR and Buzzfeed. She is also an active volunteer with the Islamic Center of Southern California, where she serves on the Communications Committee and the Religious Services Committee, and co-facilitates the Parents Circle with her husband, Tarek.In 2015, she was named one of LA’s 10 most inspiring women gamechangers by Los Angeles Magazine. She was also named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by Georgetown University and the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.
Among Edina’s greatest sources of pride is her role as a co-founder and board member of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change. Transforming communities through the power of relationships for the past decade, NewGround was named the top interfaith program in California by Gov. Brown in 2013. She is also a board member of The Pico-Union Project, and an advisory board member to CA Assemblyman Chris Holden, The Guibord Center – Religion Inside Out and altMuslimah.