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Day Al-Mohamed

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Contact Day: DayAlMohamed and gmail.com

Day Al-Mohamed is multi-skilled policy executive with more than fifteen years of experience working directly with public and private industry, as well as with policymakers in Washington, DC. She currently serves as a Supervisory Analyst with the U.S. Department of Labor. Ms. Al-Mohamed’s policy portfolio at the Department has included the design and implementation of the Add Us In initiative to identify and develop strategies to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities by working with small business associations in underserved and historically excluded communities. 

Prior to that, Ms. Al-Mohamed worked as a Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer with the American Psychological Association (APA), managing their legislative and regulatory activities relating to Healthcare, Immigration, and International Development. She has also served as Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs for the American Council of the Blind. Ms. Al-Mohamed provided technical assistance and support to both consumers and various advisory committees and governing bodies. 

Before her legislative work in Washington DC, Ms. Al-Mohamed’s career has included work in advocacy and legislative initiatives in a wide variety of roles. She worked on the planning committee for the Civil Rights Group of the Cambio de Colores conference, the largest conference that directly addresses the various issues faced by Latino immigrants to the Midwest. In addition, she served as a representative of the ISC-ICC to the Preparatory Commission of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the United Nations. 

Outside of her policy work, Ms. Al-Mohamed is the Founding Director of the Lead On Network and author of the Young Adult novel Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Faerie Tale. She is a host on Idobi Radio’s Geek Girl Riot and, in addition to speculative fiction, also writes comics and film scripts. Her current focus is a speculative fiction anthology highlighting the experiences of immigrants and refugees, and on a Civil War documentary on the Invalid Corps and the Battle of Fort Stevens about group of soldiers with disabilities who saved President Lincoln from a surprise Confederate raid. 

She is an active member of Women in Film and Video, a 2015 Docs in Progress Fellow, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop. Her short story, “The Lesser Evil” was nominated for the WSFA Small Press Award for Best Short Fiction of 2015. However, she is most proud of being invited to teach a workshop on storytelling: "Strikingly Beautiful: A Celebration of Women & Girls with Disabilities" at the White House in February 2016. She presents often on the representation of and importance of disability in media, most recently for the National Bar Association, at New York Comic Con, and at SXSW. 

Ms. Al-Mohamed holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Al-Mohamed proudly serves as Public Affairs Staff Officer (FSO-PA) in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Ms. Al-Mohamed lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her wife, N.R.Brown.

You can find Day at her website and on Twitter @DayAlMohamed

Clips: 

Day Al-Mohamed, March 2017: #Media and #Disability Representation: 6 Recommendations

Day In Washington, January 2017: What is the Holman Rule and What Does it Mean for America?

Day in Washington, June 2016: #DIW: What the #Disability Community Should Know About Gun Control — Part 2 (Definitions, 1-feature versus 2-feature tests, and high-capacity magazines)

Day is available as a source and for personal essays, opinion editorial, reported features, and investigative journalism. Any work represents solely the opinion of Ms. Al-Mohamed and because of her position, she does not provide any commentary, opinions, essays etc. relating to labor or labor policies.

Additional communication availability: Phone, text, chat, videoconference

Languages: English (Fluent)

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