More about Sarah Hassaine

Inclusion & Diversity Program Designer & Business Strategist. STEM Advocate.

Sarah is a long time advocate and community builder in the Arab-American community. Born in Algiers, Algeria and raised across three different US states, she spent a lot of her childhood marching in peaceful protests for the civil rights of Algerians, Palestinians, Somalians by her father’s side and spent summers on the Mediterranean visiting her family in Algeria. Upon entering the University of California San Diego as a Political Science major, her sense of duty blossomed and she became an active board member of the Arab Student Union and joined the Muslim Student Association. After obtaining her Bachelors degree, Sarah moved to Beirut, Lebanon to do advocacy work for Palestinian and non-Palestinian refugees across Lebanon. She moved to Washington, DC to work for the political branch of the Algerian Embassy and to pursue a Masters in Public Policy. While Sarah’s career took off in government consulting with Deloitte and then democracy development through technical solutions at Internews and Forum One Communications, her side passion lay in community building. In 2005, Sarah joined the board of the DC chapter of the Network of Arab-American Professionals and never looked back. She was on the board for seven years, ultimately serving as VP and then President. Through NAAP DC, Sarah lead author talks, networking functions, panel discussions and cultural and interfaith events. While in DC, she was an active volunteer with ADC, AAI, and Creative Purpose for their programs around building bridges with the Muslim world. Sarah also spent a year on the Board of the Smithsonian African Art museum representing the perspective of North-Africans. To date, Sarah has launched a NAAP chapter in Seattle and San Diego and has continued to volunteer with ADC in San Diego where she currently resides. Now, Sarah dedicates extra time to tutoring a Syrian refugee family English and volunteers with the annual film festival. Professionally, Sarah’s interests lie in tech and the intersection of technology and social impact. Sarah is a Diversity and Inclusion practitioner for the telecommunications company Qualcomm, focusing on recruiting and retention strategy and programs. Prior, she was on the Executive Strategic Recruiting team at Amazon, where she managed the engagement strategies at conferences worldwide. She is fully fluent in English, French and Arabic, loves to dance, and will travel any chance she can get, ultimately she loves getting new stamps in her passport.