Wasiullah (Wasi) Mohamed is a life-long Pennsylvania resident. He was born in Harrisburg, raised in Enola, and moved to Pittsburgh in 2011 to attend the University of Pittsburgh.
During his time at the University of Pittsburgh, Wasi served in the leadership of many campus-wide organizations and initiatives, most notably he spent his four years helping to build the Office of PittServes, an arm of the Division of Student Affairs meant to ensure Pitt has a lasting positive impact on the local community while students grow from relationships and experiences with our neighbors.
After serving as the Director of Islamic Center of Pittsburgh Food Pantry for two years, Wasi was selected to be ICP’s next Executive Director in 2015. In this position, Wasi works to empower, educate, and unite the diverse community in Western PA through social services and outreach programs.
In 2016, he was appointed by Mayor Bill Peduto to the Commission on Human Relations (protecting civil rights) and Welcoming Pittsburgh Commission (encouraging immigrant and refugee inclusion), he was elected chair of the latter. He was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf to serve on the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. Also in 2016, Wasi was named the Executive Director of Emgage PA, where he coordinates political education and organizing activities throughout the commonwealth. Mohamed was recently named "40 under 40" by Pittsburgh Magazine and "Who’s Next in Pittsburgh Politics?" by The Incline by The Incline, the youngest on both lists.
BS in Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh
BA in Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh
BA in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
Radio: Frequent guest on public radio. Understanding Islam: Voices from Pittsburgh
Rally and Protest Leader: Hundreds Turn Out for Peace in Pittsburgh / Pittsburghers gather to decry Charlottesville deaths, violence
TV: Regular guest on local stations and shows. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaujF1E6Jvg
Hamza Perez is the founder of the YA-NE center and one of the co-founders of the Light of the Age Mosque in Pittsburgh PA. Hamza Perez was also ranked one of the top 500 most influential Muslims in the world in 2010 by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre for his work with youth.
In 2009, PBS released an award winning film titled "New Muslim Cool" about his youth programs and his community. In 2016 in Cotonou, Benin Hamza completed his studies at Sankore institute and he received ijaza in several classical text and the works of Shaykh Uthman Dan Fodio and his family. Hamza has been appointed as the Imam of Masjid Nur Uz Zamman and as a spiritual adviser for other communities in Hartford CT, and Springfield MA.