Meet the Staff
Executive Director: Mouaz Moustafa
Mr. Moustafa was born and raised in Damascus, Syria before moving to the US as a teenager. He is the current Executive Director for SETF, Political Director for UFS (United For a Free Syria), as well as a board member of the Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS). As former staffer for Congressman Vic Snyder and Senator Blanche Lincoln, Mr. Moustafa spent four and a half years working in Congress before leaving to work briefly with Egyptian opposition. Mr. Moustafa also worked with the Libyan Revolution. During this period, Mr. Moustafa was the Executive Director of the Libyan Council of North America (LCNA), Political Director of the Libyan Emergency Task Force (LETF), and worked closely with top officials within the Transitional National Council (TNC). Mr. Moustafa joined SETF in the fall of 2011 to help advocate on behalf of the pro-democracy movement in his native Syria. Moustafa boasts an extensive network of Syrian activists, opposition figures, and FSA commanders with whom he is in regular contact.
Field Director: Razan Shalab Al-Sham
Razan Shalab Al-Sham, a native of Homs, directs all of SETF's field operations, connecting activists and refugees to international experts and donors. Razan's exceptional work on behalf of the Syrian people has resulted in the growth of support for local councils, significant progress in the formalization of transitional justice in liberated areas, and the distribution of millions of dollars of direct assistance and aid.
Program Officer: Joel Bombardier
Joel Bombardier works to support SETF field projects in Turkey and Syria.
Policy and Media Manager: Evan Barrett
Evan Barrett, a former resident of Beirut and Damascus, focuses on advocacy and communications for SETF.
Policy Fellows: Bayan Bahloul, Ahmed Soliman
SETF Policy Fellows work tirelessly to support our staff in DC and in the field.
Board of Trustees and Board of Directors:
SETF has a both a Board of Trustees and Board of Directors consisting of Syrian American professionals from across the United States including Dr. Mahamed Kawam, Dr. Yahya Basha, Dr. Hashem Mubarak, Bassam Estwani, Dr.Bushra Al-Aysami , Najdat Asfari, Dr. Jihad Qaddour, and other members.