Professor Najeeba Syeed is recognized as a leader in peacebuilding and twice received the Jon Anson Ford Award for reducing violence in schools and in the area of interracial gang conflicts and was named Southern California Mediation Association’s “Peacemaker of the Year” in 2007. She has chaired national conferences on Muslim and Interfaith Peacebuilding, served as a mediator in many cases, started mediation programs in many institutions including University of Southern California and several middle and high schools. She is also a regular voice at the Islamic Center of Southern California, where she regularly teaches the “Highlights of the Quran” class and speaks at Spiritual Nights.
She was formerly the executive director of the Western Justice Center Foundation founded by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dorothy Nelson and previous to that appointment was the executive director of the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center . Under her directorship the organizations grew significantly in the areas of school based interracial conflict resolution, anti-bullying initiatives, cross cultural conflict resolution training, officer involved shooting community/police mediation, gang intervention community engaged design, and served a range of clients including the Coca-Cola company, UCLA, USC, Arts Center College for design, LAUSD and the Department of Justice.