Tasnim Esmail Shamji was born in Dar-es-Salaam and moved to Los Angeles over 46 years ago. Tasnim received a Bachelor of Science from UCLA and a Medical Doctorate from the UCLA/Charles R. Drew School of Medicine, with specialty training also at UCLA. While Tasnim’s education kept her local, it also allowed her to learn and grow in the comfort of her family and religious community as an Ismaili Muslim. In addition to working, over the past decade, Tasnim devotes her time to advancing inclusion at her children’s school bysitting on various committees as well as Parents’ Association Boards. Fundamental to Tansnim’s being are her family, faith, mutual respect, honesty and laughter.
Nurya Shabir joined NewGround as a board member in 2018, and is an alumni of the second cohort of NewGround’s Young Professionals Fellowship. Her experience with the fellowship further broadened her global perspective, by providing her with valuable tools that have nurtured her personal and professional growth. Nurya has served as a member of the Board of Directors of New Horizon School Westside chairing the Development Committee. During her time at New Horizon, she focused on fund development, donor outreach, and overseeing fundraising events. She has been an active member of the Islamic Center of Southern California and has served as President of the Parent Board for their Sunday School program since 2015. Nurya was raised in Karachi and moved to Los Angeles in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McMaster University.
NewGround Board of Directors, Co-Chair
David Weiner is the CEO of Social Studies School Service, an educational publishing company. Social Studies School Service publishes curriculum for the K-12 market through several imprints including The Center for Learning, Interact, Good Year Books, and Nystrom – the oldest and largest publisher of maps, globes, and atlases for the school market. David was in the first cohort of NewGround’s young professional’s program, and helped steer NewGround to become its own organization. He has served on the American Jewish Committee Los Angeles chapter’s ACCESS Steering Committee and International Relations Committee. He has served on the Regional Council of the Progressive Jewish Alliance and Bend the Arc. David served two terms as a Board Member of the Mid City West Community Council. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Trinity College in Connecticut, a Masters of Public Administration from New York University, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.