Iman Jodeh was born and raised in Aurora, a first-generation American, daughter of immigrants and refugees, a progressive Democrat, community advocate, educator. After getting my Bachelor’s in Political Science, I earned a Master’s in Public Policy to deepen my understanding of politics and how the government works.
I started Meet the Middle East in 2008 because the need for healing and understanding between Americans and the Arab and Muslim communities still existed. In that role, I have been engaging with entities ranging from Children’s Hospital to the US District Attorney’s Office. I’ve also been serving in the classroom, educating students at the University of Denver and in Denver, Aurora, Cherry Creek, and Littleton Public Schools.
I’ve also continued community organizing and lobbying. Formerly, the Deputy Political Director, I am now the Community Advocate & Liaison for the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado and work to engage and empower communities to advocate for themselves at the Capitol as well as testifying in support of or opposition to bills.
Identifying the need to come together in the face of bigoted policies in early 2017, the Colorado Muslim Society, the largest and oldest mosque in the Rocky Mountain Region, appointed me as their first female Spokesperson and as a member of the Executive Committee where I now play a leading role in representing Muslims on a variety of social justice areas statewide.