Who We Are

Staff

Laila Alawa

Laila Alawa

CEO + Founder

She also hosts The Expose. Started at the White House and Congress. Honored in the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 List. Quoted in The New York Times and CNN as a disruptive force in media.

Mashal Waqar

Mashal Waqar

COO + Co-Founder

Self-identifies as a global citizen, Lord of the Rings fanatic, tea enthusiast, and a proud karaoke singer. Computing Security major from RIT Dubai.

Katherine Kaestner-Frenchman

Senior Editor

Based in Germany and is passionate about wine, travel, feminism, and foreign policy. She is a nomad and TCK who’s lived in 12 countries and cities around the world and doesn’t really know where home is.

Nadia Eldemerdash

Nadia Eldemerdash

Managing Editor

Focused on migration, identity, and media. Favorite things include junk food, packing luggage, and the idea of exercise.

Asma Elgamal

Asma Elgamal

Senior News + Society Editor

Passionate reader, writer, and photographer. She’s looking for new perspectives and drinking Moroccan mint tea by the gallon.

Saffiyya Mohammed

Saffiyya Mohammed

Senior Community Editor

Caribbean woman but not by your preconceived notions. Fabulous, and working on being even moreso. There’s a Trini everywhere, so I’m the one here.

Alejandra Permuy

Alejandra Permuy

Community Editor

Cuban-American teaching ESL in Saudi Arabia. Has a MA in Gulf Studies from Qatar University. Enjoys discussing the intersection of politics and religion, and binge watching sitcoms.

Arsh Khan

Arsh Khan

Community Editor

Applied Psychology graduate from Kinnaird College for Women University. Former writer for Khabarfeed. Just a Pakistani chick whose dream is to sip on some good chai, surrounded by kittens while she watches the patriarchy burn to the ground.

Fatima Ali

Fatima Ali

Lookbook Editor

Student at the University of San Francisco. When she’s not writing a new article, she’s most likely watching Empire, online shopping, or obsessing over makeup.

Jennifer Njoku

Jennifer Njoku

Pop Culture Editor

Marquette University Writing Intensive English Graduate with expertise in creative and academic writing. Detail and goal oriented with a deep regard for teamwork and captivating storytelling.

Shanicka Anderson

Pop Culture Editor

Received her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from SUNY New Paltz. Often and without prompting, she enjoys talking about pop culture, Harry Styles, her year abroad in London, and the complexities of the Caribbean diaspora.

Meagan Foy

Meagan Foy

Life Editor

Student at James Madison University studying English with minors in Italian and Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. She is originally from Newtown, CT.

Mitta Thakrar

Mitta Thakrar

Now & Then Editor

Law graduate from De Montfort University. Passionate about immigration, feminism and mental health.

Paulina Rowe

Paulina Rowe

Assistant Life Editor

Recent graduate and Real World novice from the University of Connecticut with BAs in Psychology and Spanish. Current Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Colombia. Interested in working towards education and gender equality.

Sian Ferguson

Sian Ferguson

Assistant Love Editor

Journalist and writer based in Grahamstown, South Africa. An avid reader and practicing witch. Always has a bunch of exciting side-projects going on at once.

Nushrat Nur

Nushrat Nur

Assistant Now + Beyond Editor

Premed student majoring in journalism at the University of Florida. She values the importance of outreach medical care, the media’s role in shaping more active participants in the fight for social justice, the power of creative minds at work, and her mom’s biryani.

Jasmyne Ray

Jasmyne Ray

Assistant Lookbook + Weddings Editor

Premed student majoring in journalism at the University of Florida. She values the importance of outreach medical care, the media’s role in shaping more active participants in the fight for social justice, the power of creative minds at work, and her mom’s biryani.

Ameeta Ganatra

Ameeta Ganatra

Executive Producer

Audio engineer with an interest in sound design and electronic composition. She studied Arts Technology from Illinois State University. She has taken a variety of courses to quench her thirst for learning: design, audio, video, and web. She focused on audio and delved deeper into the subject.

Suha Sabith

Suha Sabith

Associate Producer

An ardent fan of comics and vampire literature, she loves to spend time understanding their socio-political commentary or in debates over DC vs. Marvel.

Mary Morrison

Mary Morrison

Associate Producer

Has a BA in English and Theatre Arts from Sewanee: the University of the South. In her free time, Mary loves painting, writing, watching Netflix and playing with her rescue dog, Rocket.

Taylor Faires

Taylor Faires

Associate Producer

Student at Barnard College majoring in Political Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She loves to talk about intersectionality and fictional horror podcasts and always carries a book in her purse.

Alexandra Tengco

Alexandra Tengco

Associate Video Producer

High school technical production instructor and a program director for a non-profit with a BS in Film and Media Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Lucia Ruan

Lucia Ruan

Associate Video Producer

Recent graduate of Pomona College, located in sunny southern California. After creating a short documentary about a community engagement program connecting Tongan Americans to educational resources, she developed a passion for film as a medium for change.

Deema Alawa

Deema Alawa

Executive Creative Director

Self-taught artist hailing from New Hampshire, she specializes in illustration and design and can usually be seen with pencils in both hands.

Silla Alawa

Silla Alawa

Director of Social Media Strategy

Apart from strategizing and writing, find her eating Twizzlers and reading terrible books.

Chasiti Gaines

Chasiti Gaines

Director of Audience Development & Engagement 

Graduate student in the Master of Arts in Communication program at Bellarmine University. Working on her thesis on how health campaigns use social media to motivate behavior change.

Malak Hakam

Malak Hakam

Social Community Manager

Marketing and supply chain double major and, as a young entrepreneur, has at least six businesses running at a time. Her other hobbies include website & graphic design, reading and writing.

Dina Ayoub

Dina Ayoub

Content Partnership Strategist

Currently pursuing a degree in marketing at the American University of Beirut. Her college is in Lebanon, home in the UAE and heart forever in Palestine.

Hamna Saleem

Hamna Saleem

Senior Photo + Video Editor

Documentarian with a BA from Rutgers University-Newark in Journalism and Media Studies and a minor in Video Production. Loves to help give a voice to the underrepresented and suppressed individuals. Believes that working in a collaborative environment brings out creativity.

Farwa Farshori

Farwa Farshori

Director of Global Growth

Communications and Social Justice Graduate living in Toronto. She is passionate about politics, pop-culture and creating change through socially innovative means.

Faryal Waqar

Faryal Waqar

Growth Hacker

Management aficionado residing in the United Arab Emirates. Has an obsession with Disney movies, binge-watching LOTR, and watching tacky reality shows that turn out to be predictably terrible.

Sumayya Sideek

Sumayya Sideek

Growth Strategist

Desert-raised islander. Spoken word poet with a passion for PR, Advertising, and Media Studies. When she’s not busy analyzing the discourse behind every show she’s ever binged on, she’s probably lip-syncing to alternative music.S

Adelaide McComb

Adelaide McComb

Grants Coordinator

Has worked in marketing, communications, and PR, and software consulting, bouncing around the world from Canada, to the Netherlands, to Curacao and is now fortunate to call Louisville, Kentucky home (for the time being).

Atiya Abbas

Atiya Abbas

Growth Strategist

Transnational feminist working with Girls at Dhabas, a collective that is working to define public space on their own whims and terms. Since her return to Pakistan from the University of Missouri- Columbia, she has been involved with this collective, arranging events across Karachi and Lahore. When she gets some downtime, she is reading and satisfying her brownie cravings.

Fellows

Jordan Miller

Jordan Miller

Community Fellow

Communications graduate currently working in tech in Nashville, TN. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new foods, reading, and writing. She also considers Rihanna her spirit animal.

Apurva Gupta

Apurva Gupta

Community Fellow

A third-year student at Amity University, India, majoring with an Honours in Applied Psychology with her keen interest being in Music which majorly consists of BTS, Art, Food, Film, & Television. Loves teaming up with people to work on projects and working on creative and novel ideas.

Mary Jane Coppock

Mary Jane Coppock

Creative Fellow

Media educator with a BA from Scripps College in Media Studies and Studio Art. Passionate about amplifying underrepresented voices and experiences. Believes that safe access is a human right and media literacy is key to dismantling mainstream media narratives.

Taylor Fang

Taylor Fang

Creative Fellow

Student, writer, and creative living in Utah. She’s passionate about empathetic communication and connecting people through art, and is also involved in STEM fields, including co-founding a female-led STEM blog called Allgirlithm (allgirlithm.weebly.com)

Marcella Haddad

Marcella Haddad

Creative Fellow

Loves climbing trees, dismantling the patriarchy, and writing speculative fiction and poetry. She teaches creative writing at Grubstreet and English as a second language online.

Bushra Islam

Bushra Islam

Creative Fellow

Queens, NY native with a BS in Human Biology from the University at Albany. She is interested in health care reform and how she can help improve the healthcare system. In her free time, she can be found painting on her front porch with Rihanna blasting through her headphones.

V Silverman

V Silverman

Design Fellow

Nonbinary graphic artist and podcast enthusiast with a background in biology and drama. A Nice Jewish Queer from Asheville, NC, in their spare time V manages the fortnightly podcast Fuzzy Logic, plays D&D, and peddles flowery anti-oppression stickers to nice folks like you.

Taylor Copeland

Taylor Copeland

Design Fellow

Senior Illustration student at the Lesley University College of Art and Design. Outside of her work in illustration and design, she enjoys playing music and going to concerts.

Rachael Lauterbach

Rachael Lauterbach

Design Fellow

Studying Illustration and Design at Lesley University in Cambridge. The union of community with individual expression is a driving factor in her work as a queer, Jewish artist. Determined to always find new ways of creating, she gathers mixed media materials of all kinds.

Steffi Walthall

Steffi Walthall

Design Fellow

Freelance illustrator and character concept artist with a BFA in Interactive Design and Game Development from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Her biggest aspiration is to create stories in games that feature nuanced depictions of people of color as leading roles in games and to become an activist for other women of color in game development.

Batool Haider

Batool Haider

Editorial Fellow

Professionally trained as an accountant, but a writer at heart. Looking to find the purpose of being whilst tackling the trivialities of life. In other words, an average girl finding comfort in silence, a hot cup of coffee forever in quest of a good book.

Shannon Aplin

Shannon Aplin

Editorial Fellow

Activist and artist with a love for travel and pop culture. She holds a B.A. in Biological Anthropology and loves nothing more than listening to her abuela tell old stories. When she isn’t writing, you can find her composing music, daydreaming, and fighting the stigma against mental illness.

Roza Izydorczyk

Roza Izydorczyk

Editorial Fellow

Known for her honesty and tongue-in-cheek writing. She is a Film Production graduate and has a major in English. Lives for heated discussions, especially ones which result in brow creasing and jaw clenching. Word on the street is, she drives people over the edge with her pro-sex work stance. She does not confirm or deny that shows like Degrassi or Jersey Shore molded her into the person she is today. But it was Xtina’s Stripped which had helped her embrace her inner feisty side and celebrate feminine confidence.

Elizabeth Ruth Deyro

Elizabeth Ruth Deyro

Editorial Fellow

Filipina writer and editor with a BA in Communication Arts from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. She is the Founding Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of The Brown Orient, a literary journal for Brown Asians who identify as women, queer, or nonbinary.

Kate Maxwell

Kate Maxwell

Editorial Fellow

Senior at NC State University in Raleigh, pursuing a B.A. in Political Science with a double minor in Sociology and Journalism. She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Residence Hall Honorary and Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. When not in a meeting, she enjoys hanging out with friends, sleeping as much as possible, and talking about her love of Tom Hiddleston.

Ruchika Gothoskar

Ruchika Gothoskar

Editorial Fellow

Wannabe writer, amateur traveler, big fan of baking. Currently studying Political Science at McMaster University, and interested in encouraging intersectional, accessible feminist dialogue regarding all sorts of topics. Probably funnier on the internet.

Rayven Morrow

Rayven Morrow

Editorial Fellow

Womanist blogger and student from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Rayven loves critiquing Black feminist theory, Steven Universe, and being a plant mama. She aspires to be an old cat-lady in the near future.

Natasha D’Lima

Natasha D’Lima

Editorial Fellow

Part-time writer and full-time healthcare professional. Insane optimist, enthusiastic traveller & avid foodie. Loves a good story, in any form. Prefers unpredictability and doesn’t conform to most boxes/labels.

Lydia Abedeen

Lydia Abedeen

Editorial Fellow

Muslim writer(ess) from Orlando, FL. She is a rising sophomore at Emory University studying English and Creative Writing. Lydia enjoys eating dried peach rinds and writing loud poetry and flash fiction. In her free time, she reads, writes plays, and dreams about her budding future.

Injie Anis

Injie Anis

Editorial Fellow

Journalist and digital storyteller, having recently graduated from the National University of Science & Technology (NUST), specializing in Multimedia Journalism. She specializes in fashion, style, and life, making sure that she is heard all the way as well as helping others out with her writing.

Dominique Stewart

Dominique Stewart

Editorial Fellow

Creative with a BA in Magazine Media from Ball State University. She’s interested in understanding how humans and pop culture relates to one another. In her spare time, she enjoys hoarding books, gardening, and going on a deep dive into true crime podcasts. If every Hallmark murder mystery lead transformed into one person and was Afro-Latina, it would be her.

Iman Jafri

Iman Jafri

Editorial Fellow

Currently pursuing a Masters in Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, focusing on Islam and Muslims in America. She is particularly interested in media, communication, and heckling horrible movies that she also loves.

Anum Waseem

Anum Waseem

Editorial Fellow

Grad student majoring in English literature, known in certain circles for taking impromptu naps and starting fights about feminism in class. She believes in the power of critical discourse, diversity in representation, the perfect cup of chai, a good red lipstick, and Mr. Darcy’s hand flex (2005).

Kayria Taghdi

Kayria Taghdi

Editorial Fellow

Born and bred Canadian raised by Libyan parents, she is a user experience designer and researcher who believes that the keys to happiness can be found in travel and ice cream.

Laura Muth

Laura Muth

Editorial Fellow

Writer and researcher with a BA in political science from Johns Hopkins and an MA in international affairs from Boston University. They write at the intersection of security and human rights issues, with a special interest in gender, nationalism, racism, and religious identity.

Jackie Weisser

Jackie Weisser

Editorial Fellow

A writer and storyteller with a B.A. in Journalism and Media Studies and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. When she’s not ghostwriting paranormal romance novels, she writes and performs comedy. Jackie is an advocate for open conversations about mental health and chronic illness.

Mehtab Abdul Malik

Mehtab Abdul Malik

Editorial Fellow

An aspiring photographer and writer who has a keen interest in storytelling. She believes in creating connections between people from different walks of life through capturing human emotions.

Kyndall Cunningham

Kyndall Cunningham

Editorial Fellow

Kyndall Cunningham is a Baltimore-based writer studying journalism and women’s studies. She subsists on tea, Broadway soundtracks, reruns of “Friends” and photos of Beyonce. Her writing explores the intersection of feminism with pop culture.

Nadira Wicaksana

Nadira Wicaksana

Editorial Fellow

Undergraduate student of English with a concentration in journalism at Framingham State University in Massachusetts. She’s part of the editorial board of her university newspaper and loves reading, writing, and heated debate.

Lauren Jones

Lauren Jones

Marketing Fellow

BA in English Literature from Marquette University. She is interested in reproductive justice, intersectional feminism, and domestic violence. She loves decaf coffee and hates the patriarchy.

Aqila Mumthaz

Aqila Mumthaz

Marketing Fellow

Harry Potter nerd with an interest in fashion, media, marketing, and human behavior. She’s an animal lover and can talk to you about any popular TV series (she’s watched most of them). She enjoys new experiences which include travel, food, learning something new and meeting new people.

Rukaiya Zohar

Rukaiya Zohar

Marketing Fellow

Graduated with Honours in BA Advertising, PR, and Media from Middlesex University in Dubai with a fondness for Digital Marketing. She is an avid reader of the fiction genre with an excessive knowledge of Harry Potter. She loves to blog and be creative while challenging the patriarchy to fight for what is right.

Ariana Islam

Ariana Islam

Marketing Fellow

Studying at the University of Missouri and wants to pursue a career in the fashion industry. When she’s not busy doing school work, you’ll find her scrolling through Twitter or catching up on her favorite shows on Netflix.

Nicole Thompson

Nicole Thompson

Marketing Fellow

Student at Queen’s University studying Psychology and Gender Studies. As a biracial student, she advocates for inclusivity and raising cultural diversity and global awareness on campus. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, baking, and dancing.

Iris Wong

Iris Wong

Marketing Fellow

Currently a Junior at UC Berkeley majoring in Philosophy although it used to be Psychology. She hopes to use her years of background in Psychology to bring new skills and perspectives to the table at The Tempest.

Areeta Wong

Areeta Wong

Tech Fellow

Incoming freshman at the University of California, Irvine who founded and organized Superposition, an award-winning all-girls hackathon dedicated to exposing high school girls to technology. Her support for computer science education has led her to direct HSHacks and become the Director of Event Management at Hack+, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping students venture into business and start organizations.

Monica Punjabi

Monica Punjabi

Growth Fellow

Pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Computer Science and Engineering at Manipal Academy of Higher Education with a Minor in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Social Network Analysis.
Monica has a strong passion for traveling and sports. She is an effective communicator and leader with a strong interest in politics.

Yaramo Dione

Yaramo Dione

Growth Fellow

Yaramo Dione is a student at Carnegie Mellon University studying Decision Science with an additional major in Creative Writing. In their spare time they love designing and reading. Yaramo loves meeting new people, and enjoys helping others when they are able to.​​

Azka Munir

Azka Munir

Video Fellow

Recent graduate of National University of Science and Technology. She loves to put her thoughts into words and on the screen. She also enjoys working with other creatives and people from different cultures in order to create diverse works.

Audria Byrd

Audria Byrd

Video Fellow

Media Arts and African American Studies alumna of the University of South Carolina. All about art that brings both recognition and empowerment to underrepresented individuals. Filmmaker, poet, black, trans, queer, punk, etc.