72. Safir Ahmed (Exec. Director, Zaytuna Institute)

Safir Ahmed currently serves as the Executive Director of the Zaytuna Institute in Berkeley, California, where he previously also served as the Editor in the Publications Department. Safir is also an independent book editor who has edited books on social and political issues. Among the authors he has edited are George Lakoff, a linguist at the University of California at Berkeley, Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, founder of DailyKos, the largest political blog in the nation, and Glenn Greenwald, who blogs at Salon.com.

Safir has an extensive background in media and politics, having spent 20 years as a journalist at both daily newspapers and as editor-in-chief of alternative weeklies and city magazines, as well as online news magazines. He has been an editorial consultant for news and public affairs web sites and has run writing workshops for faculty at California State University. He also served as Communications Director for a U.S. Senate candidate as well as for state Senators.

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