L. Rashad Mahmood studied Peace and Conflict studies at UC Berkeley before receiving an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. Rashad then worked as an Economic Researcher for the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt before returning to the US and working for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). After working on USIP’s Iraq programs from Washington, he worked in Iraq for a year as the Assistant to the Chief of Party. Following an intense year in Iraq assisting with conflict resolution efforts, he returned to Egypt and worked as a journalist with Business Monthly magazine. After moving to Albuquerque, he worked as the Program Outreach Coordinator for Generation Justice, and in December 2014 joined KUNM staff as the Program Coordinator for the Public Health New Mexico project.