Kalia Abiade is the Vice President of Programs at Pillars Fund, a national nonprofit that amplifies the leadership, narratives and talents of Muslims in the U.S. She draws on nearly two decades of experience advocating for equity and racial justice in media, policy, and philanthropy.
Prior to joining Pillars, Kalia was an organizer and policy advocate, working on media accountability, immigrant and refugee rights, religious freedom, voter access, and civic participation. Through the Federal TRIO Programs, she worked with high school students in Southwestern Virginia in their pursuit to become the first members of their families to graduate from college.
Kalia was trained as a newspaper journalist and editor, and her analysis has been cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, National Public Radio, and the Associated Press, among other outlets. She currently serves on the board of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees.