Office: Los Angeles
Masih Fouladi is CIPC’s Executive Director. Masih has 15 years of advocacy experience, working to protect the civil rights of immigrant communities, focusing on defeating systemic injustices that harass, harm and criminalize communities of color and immigrants through legal, media and grassroots advocacy.
Before joining CIPC, Masih was the Deputy Executive Director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA). In his role, Masih served as the Founding Director of CAIR-CA’s Center for the Prevention of Hate and Bullying; directed CAIR-LA’s legal, programs and policy response to support Afghan arrivals in the Greater Los Angeles area. He co-authored CAIR-CA’s nationally recognized school bullying report in 2017 and served as the Greater Los Angeles regional anchor for the No Muslim Ban Ever campaign. Masih catalyzed the expansion of immigration services during his time at CAIR-LA that led to an increase of 1,000 clients being served per year and a staff expansion of over 15 immigration practitioners.
Previously, Masih served as the Executive Director of CAIR Washington for three years, where he was appointed by the Washington State Attorney General’s office to serve on a statewide Multidisciplinary Hate Crime Advisory Working Group responsible for updating the state’s hate crimes laws. He also served as a consultant to the City of Seattle on the intersection of technology and civil rights as a part of the city’s surveillance and technology committee.
Masih was appointed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to serve on the state’s Census Complete Count Committee. While in Washington, Masih led a successful statewide campaign to pass a religious accommodations bill.
Masih has a Bachelor of Arts in both Economic and Cognitive Psychology from the University of California, Irvine, and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of California, Davis.
As a Muslim Iranian-American, Masih is passionate about establishing organizational infrastructure that will allow his community to thrive. He is a fan of chai, chocolate and the NBA. He enjoys spending time in nature with his family.