Alumna of Influence Awardee

The Alumna of Influence Award recognizes an alumna whose contributions and professional achievements to the community align with the mission of the Women’s Leadership Council of advancing and supporting women in leadership. This award will be selected by the Women’s Leadership Council.

MA, Clinical Psychology 
Chair and Executive Director, Muslim American Leadership Alliance

Ms. Khan chairs the Muslim American Leadership Alliance. Born in Chicago to immigrants from Pakistan and Afghanistan, Khan became a community activist after eye-opening experiences counseling survivors of domestic violence and organizing exhibitions for international female artists facing repression. A former Senior Clinician, she co-curated the International Museum of Women’s exhibition “Muslimah: Muslim Women’s Arts and Voices.” She has served as a United Nations Delegate on the Commission on the Status of Women since 2013, and she is a member of Picture Motion’s Impact Advisory Board and the Executive Board of the American Pakistan Foundation. An acclaimed visual artist, she was honored with the inaugural UNICEF Next Generation Chicago Humanitarian Award, as well as the 2020 Silver Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year in the non-profit sector. She has published in Oral History Review about MALA’s “Muslim American Journeys” program recording Muslim American oral histories. Zainab is currently obtaining her Diplomate in Victor Frankl’s Logotherapy, which deeply influenced her during her years completing graduate school at Roosevelt. She balances psychotherapy and philanthropy as professional endeavors.