UHRI Board Members
Sana Rahim is the founder and CEO of Emerge Consulting, a management practice that builds the capacity of nonprofit organizations through leadership and strategy services to create more effective solutions. Sana is currently an MBA candidate at UCLA Anderson, focusing on social impact and organizational development.
After graduating from Northwestern University, Sana served as an interfaith ambassador for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, where she built faith-based community coalitions for social justice projects in Atlanta, GA. After that, she lead large teams as a sales and operations manager for five years at McMaster-Carr in Chicago, IL, overseeing employee development and operational performance. After leaving this role, Sana worked as a consultant at the Price Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UCLA, where she worked with nonprofit leaders to develop and implement business improvement projects through strategic analysis. Sana also spent time at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Istanbul, Turkey where she lead communications efforts to develop partnerships between philanthropies and governments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Outside of her professional life, Sana is always looking for opportunities to build bridges by sharing her experiences as a Muslim American woman. Sana was recently selected as a Fellow with the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI) at USC. At UCLA Anderson, she was selected as a John Wooden Global Leadership fellow for her work around inclusion and social impact. Working to advance a more inclusive campus culture, Sana also serves as a student advisor for UCLA's equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. Sana speaks to engage people in conversations around social impact, diversity and inclusion, and women's empowerment.
Dr. Jessica Morales-chicas
Dr. Jessica Morales-Chicas earned her Ph.D in Education, with an emphasis in Human Development and Psychology, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As an educator for over 10 years, she has taught courses to students in pre-school, middle, high school, and at the university level. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at California State University, Los Angeles.
As an educator, she teaches how to effectively work with and advocate for children and youth. Her research uses a developmental lens to examine the role of ethnic diversity and educational equity issues especially in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Aligned with her research interests, she also spearheads two STEM-related projects serving low-income middle school youth from East Los Angeles. Both projects teach youth how to code, use innovative technologies, develop entrepreneurial skills, and prepare for careers in STEM.
She has also served as senior-researcher for the embRACE LA initiative, which is a racial equity campaign in Los Angeles. Lastly, Dr. Morales-Chicas is also excited to serve as a new board member for Universal Human Rights Initiative (UHRI). To learn more about Dr. Morales-Chicas please see a recent interview feature on Women to Watch via Digit Keeper (a bookkeeping and business blog for Entrepreneurs): http://bit.ly/2vfrTIV.
Dr. Courtney L. Karp, Psy.D.
Dr. Courtney L. Karp, Psy.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, with over two decades of experience, she has worked with children, adolescents and adults across multiple local settings including hospitals, clinics and schools.
She has created a practice, which is currently in Santa Monica, that is strongly committed to understanding the whole person and firmly believes each individual must be understood within a global framework that includes biological, cultural, environmental, psychological, social and spiritual influences. Aside from assisting families through various emotional challenges, she spent many years providing comprehensive Neuropsychological evaluations and advocating for students of all ages in obtaining the necessary support services to maximize their learning experience.
She has served as a clinical supervisor at the Reiss Davis Child Study Center, Cedar Sinai Hospital and at various local alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs. She is an active member of the Carl Jung Institute and has completed several analytic certificate programs at various local institutes.