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Zakiyah Shaakir-Ansari | Panelist

Image captures a headshot of Zakiyah Ansari, Co-Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education. She wears a hijab to cover her hair, along with large hoop earrings.

Zakiyah Shaakir-Ansari

Zakiyah Shaakir-Ansari l is the Co-Executive Director of the New York State Alliance for Quality Education (AQE), the leading statewide organization that has been fighting for educational justice in New York State. Zakiyah is the mother of 8 children and grandparent of 4. Zakiyah has dedicated 20+ years of her life to the fight for educational justice and ending the oppression of Black and brown people. Zakiyah was named one of City and State magazines "25 Most Influential in Brooklyn". Zakiyah volunteers her time with the NY Justice League and Resistance Revival Chorus. Zakiyah is a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity. Zakiyah was named one of PoliticsNY 2023 Power Players in Education. Zakiyah sits on the boards of The Schott Foundation and Institute for Educational Leadership 

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