Abdelnasser Rashid is the Issue Director and I-4 Project Director at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Abdelnaser directs the Illinois Immigrant Integration Institute (I-4), a new ICIRR initiative dedicated to generating research and policy advocacy on integration issues. The I-4 works with local and state governments, national thought partners, community and immigrant organizations, civic groups, and the business and labor communities to develop and implement strategies that promote the full contributions of new Americans in Illinois. Prior to this position, Abdelnasser served as the program manager of the New Americans Democracy Project, ICIRR's electoral and civic engagement program which serves as a national model for immigrant political organizing.
In his role as Issues Director and I-4 Project Director, Abdelnasser will oversee the organization's research and policy advocacy on existing immigration programs and new initiatives, both legislative and administrative. As a part of ICIRR's policy team, Abdelnasser works closely with the organization's political, organizing and communications teams to transform issues and policy recommendations into successful advocacy campaigns.
He is a native of Chicago and the son of immigrants from Palestine, where he lived for six years. Abdelnasser is a graduate of Harvard University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in Social Studies, focusing on Constitutional Design & Conflict Resolution, and a minor in Computer Science.